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Marshall, Bruce

(1899-1987) Scottish author who served in both world wars, and whose first work of interest was As a Thief in the Night and Other Stories (coll 1919), almost certainly self-published; the title story is a Future War tale involving the Christian countries of the west against a barbarian China (see Yellow Peril). Father Malachy's Miracle: A Heavenly Story with an Earthly Meaning (1931) is a Fantasy in which the eponymous priest causes the magical transfer of a dance hall or night club called "The ...

Scientifiction

Early item of Terminology coined by Hugo Gernsback as a contraction of "scientific fiction" and thus defined by him in the first issue of Amazing Stories in April 1926 (see Definitions of SF). Gernsback dated his original coinage of the word to 1915, most probably referring to its appearance (in italics) in the opening paragraph of "Thought Transmission on Mars" (January 1916 Electrical Experimenter), the eighth episode of his Baron Muenchhausen's Scientific Adventures sequence. In 1924 he had ...

Darkman

Film (1990). Universal. Directed by Sam Raimi. Written by Chuck Pfarrer, Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi, Daniel Goldin, Joshua Goldin, from a story by Raimi. Cast includes Larry Drake, Colin Friels, Frances McDormand and Liam Neeson. 91 minutes. Colour. / In its violence and simple, over-the-top characterization this is essentially the film equivalent of a Comic book, an "origin of a Superhero" story of sadism and revenge. Darkman, patterned on the Phantom of the Opera (with visual quotes reminding ...

Hawkwind

Premier British space rock band, founded in 1968 as "Hawkwind Zoo" by amongst others David Brock (1941-    ) and Nik Turner (1940-    ), and destined to go through very many changes in personnel over the years. The band's first release, Hawkwind (1970) is an agreeably atmospheric, mostly instrumental album that is science-fictional in its mood rather than its specifics. In Search of Space (1971) is better: still musically loose and largely improvised, its ...

Bonzo Dog Band, The

The Bonzo Dog Band, billed as The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band on their earliest singles and first album, was founded in 1962 by a group of art students including Vivian Stanshall (1943-1995) and joined in 1963 by Neil Innes (1944-2019). They combined various musical styles with surreal Humour anticipating Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969-1974); the band received widespread public attention when they performed on the children's Television comedy programme Do Not Adjust Your Set (1967-1969) ...

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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