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Dallas, Ian

(1930-2021) Scottish teacher and Sufi-based leader and advocate of a traditional though (to Western eyes) meliorist form of Islam, and author. At some early point he adopted the name Abdalqadir as-Sufi, which we take here to be a legal change. His first book, The Book of Strangers (1972) as Dallas, is of sf interest for its depiction of a Near-Future early twenty-first century high-Technology surveillance Dystopia run on relatively benign lines by Computers, though the citizenry increasingly ...


Swiss electronic pop band, comprising Dieter Meier (1945-    ) and Boris Blanc (1952-    ). Yello's music is stylistically varied but tends towards bright, upbeat, cartoonish musical primary colours. Their fourth album Stella (1985) includes their most famous single, "Oh Yeah", whose elasticated beats, intriguing combination of sounds and low-register gravelly singing is characteristic of the band. Of more SF Music genre interest is Pocket Universe ...

Crane, Nathalia

(1913-1998) US poet, teacher and author, precociously active as a poet from childhood, beginning with the publication of her first collection, The Janitor's Boy and Other Poems (coll 1924 chap), which was much influenced by Emily Dickinson (1830-1886); Time magazine referred to her at this time as "The Baby Browning of Brooklyn". After publishing some further work she enjoyed a long career as an academic and political activist. Samuel R Delany mentions her in Atlantis: Model 1924 (1995). / ...

Ray, James

Pseudonym of New Zealand-born lexicographer, editor and author Eric Partridge (1894-1979), in Australia from 1907, serving during World War One in the Australian infantry, his combat experiences recast in the nonfantastic tales assembled as Glimpses (coll 1928) as by Corrie Denison; in UK after the war. Under his own name, Partridge was famous as a lexicographer, his best known non-reference titles probably being Usage and Abusage: A Guide to Good English (1942; rev 1947) and Shakespeare's ...

White, Ted

Working name of US editor and author Theodore Edwin White (1938-    ) who became – after working as assistant editor for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction 1963-1968 – the sometimes controversial editor of Amazing Stories and Fantastic 1969-1978; he noticeably improved the magazines, buying original stories and emphasizing matters relating to sf Fandom. He later edited Heavy Metal 1979-1980 and Stardate 1985-1986 (with David Bischoff). White is known, ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...

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