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Pirate Writings

US Semiprozine, 26 issues, Winter 1992 to October 2005 (last two issues undated), published by Pirate Writings, New York until issue #16 (Spring 1998), thereafter by DNA Publications, Radford, Virginia; edited by Edward J McFadden III. Retitled Fantastic Stories of the Imagination from issue #19 Spring 2000. Intended as quarterly but only occasionally hit a regular schedule. The original title was never fully explained; like a pirate ship, the magazine wanted to be outside the norm, publishing ...


Italian prog-rock band who mastered a near-chaotic jazz-rock fusion style that many find musically sophisticated, although it may baffle others. Their work is characterized by a Marxist-Leninist perspective on the failures of western capitalism that was uncompromising, and sometimes incomprehensible – the original vocalist Demetrios Stratos (1945-1979) sang in Italian, in Arabic, in his native Greek and sometimes in a spontaneous gibberish of yawps and growls. Arbeit Mach Frei (1973) and ...


Shortlived US band, based in Dallas, Texas. Stylistically Ufofu were a blend of punk jaggedness and a jazzier experimental element; their albums Extra Terrestrial Jazz Distortion (?1996) and Ufofu (1997) are imaginative and energetic if not wholly coherent examples of postpunk sf. [AR] see also: SF Music. /

Purtill, Richard

(1931-2016) US academic and author whose first work of genre interest was the nonfiction study Lord of Elves and Eldils: Fantasy and Philosophy in C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien (1974); separate examinations of these two authors from a Christian standpoint followed [see Checklist below]. Purtill's Kaphtu Universe sequence, beginning with The Golden Gryphon Feather (1979) and extending to two trilogies, is fantasy inspired by archaeology and the myths of ancient Greece. Murdercon (1982), in which ...

Whelan, Michael

(1950-    ) American artist. After obtaining a BA in art from San Jose State University in 1973, Whelan began attending the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles; however, after displaying his artwork at a few sf conventions, he received an offer from Donald A Wollheim to paint covers for DAW Books, inspiring him to leave school and move to New York to work as a professional artist. Some of his early covers clearly reflect the influence of Frank Frazetta, featuring ...

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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