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Cope, Julian

(1957-    ) UK singer-songwriter, formerly lead singer of The Teardrop Explodes, who has since the 1980s released a number of playfully apocalyptic albums as a solo artist. The song "Upwards at 45" (in Jehovahkill, 1993) is a psychedelic account of Alien contact. Autogeddon (1994) – the album takes its title from the poet Heathcote Williams (whom see) – envisions cars as the agent of social collapse. The space rock of Interpreter (1995) touches on genre topics, ...

Shadegg, Stephen C

(1909-1990) US journalist and author, mostly of nonfiction works analysing politics in general and elections in particular from a conservative point of view; probably best known for Barry Goldwater: Freedom Is His Flight Plan (1962). He is of sf interest for The Remnant: A Political Novel (1962), a Near Future novel of Politics set in 1972 Washington, examining labour/management relations from his particular standpoint as polemicist. [JC]

Earth and Fire

Minor Dutch prog-band. Their second album Song of the Marching Children (1971) includes in its twenty-minute title-track a seemingly-future-set narrative about a new children's crusade to "the crack of doom". Atlantis (1973) is a concept album about the rise and fall of this supposedly high-tech city, and To the World of the Future (1975) vaguely fills out a future-oriented theme. Gate to Infinity (1977) can do little with its past-present-and-future theme, and the long title track to Andromeda ...

Klaper, Steven

(?   -    ) US author of a Near Future noir thriller, Agents of Insight (1986), in which the eponymous agency finds itself being decimated by a formless foe (see Horror in SF). [JC]

Reger, Rob

(1969-    ) US Comics writer and author of the Emily the Strange sequence, for a readership extending upwards into the Young Adult range, beginning with Emily the Strange: The Lost Days (2009) with Jessica Gruner; the sequence is based on earlier manifestations of the protagonist, mainly as a Comics protagonist. The stories are presented in diary form, allowing for a sparky narrative surface, though little depth (yet). Emily's dilemma is initially Amnesia, and her various ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...

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