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Tau Ceti

Brazilian jazz-fusion band, whose sole release Tau Ceti (1998) includes a number of instrumental keyboard-heavy tracks that aim to evoke the flavour of alien worlds ("Antares", "Visoes Noturnas"), as well as a compressed three-part adaptation of Dante Alighieri, "A Divina Comedia". It is pleasant, if bland, fare. [AR]

Berry, Kevin

(1965-    ) New Zealand author, whose collaborations with his wife Diane Berry are jointly signed K D Berry. Their work together is fantasy. Teleport (2017) mildly engages with Telepathy. [JC]

Schwartz, Tom

(1930-    ) US author, mostly of nonfiction, in whose Young Adult sf novel, Spaceship Earth: A Beginning Without End (2010), the discovery that the universe is cyclical (see Cosmology; End of the World), and that all humanity will perish in a new Big Bang, inspires a multi-generation effort to transform the planet Earth into a World Ship capable of surviving through the next contraction. [JC]

Addams, Charles

(1912-1988) US cartoonist and illustrator, a prolific contributor to the magazine The New Yorker from 1932 until his death; he had a macabre sense of Humour and a firm brush-line and wash style. His cartoons were invariably signed Chas Addams. He is best known for his creation of the grotesque Addams Family, whom he first introduced in The New Yorker; these characters have been widely exploited on Television and in the Cinema [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. The family ...

Dawson, Erasmus

The pseudonym of UK author Paul Devon (?   -?   ), of whom nothing is known beyond his authorship of The Fountain of Youth (1891), a Lost World tale set in Borneo, where a race of Hindu giants (see Great and Small) is discovered; they are notable for various Inventions, and for their use of a metal previously unknown to science. The tale is narrated by "Erasmus Dawson" and "edited" by Devon. [JC]

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...



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