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Corea, Chick

(1941-2021) US jazz composer and performer of largely instrumental music. Corea's career began in the 1960s with a number of fluent Latin-jazz releases. In the 1970s the influence of L Ron Hubbard (Corea converted to Scientology sometime around the start of this decade) began to make itself apparent in his music. The band Return to Forever, a side-project of Corea's, released half a dozen Scientologically-influenced albums, ...

Young, Michael

(1915-2002) UK sociologist and author whose Family and Kinship in East London (1957), with Peter Willmott (1923-2000), had a seminal effect on community-planning priorities. His sf work, The Rise of the Meritocracy 1870-2033: An Essay on Education and Equality (1958), not only gave the word "meritocracy" to the language but extensively defined it: a meritocracy is an elite whose members are recruited on the basis of merit (largely ...

Murphy, G Read

(1856-1925) Australian magistrate and author, in whose Lost Race tale, Beyond the Ice: Being a Story of the Newly Discovered Region Round the North Pole: Edited from Dr Frank Farleigh's Diary by G Read Murphy (1894) an advanced civilization called Zara is discovered, along with three less advanced societies, around the North Pole. The former has flourished for hundreds of years, thanks to a modicum of ...

People that Time Forgot, The

Film (1977). Amicus. Directed by Kevin Connor. Written by Patrick Tilley, Connor Carter, Maurice Carter, based on The Land that Time Forgot (stories September-November 1918 Blue Book; fixup 1924) by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Cast includes Sarah Douglas, Dana Gillespie, Doug McClure, Thorley Walters and Patrick Wayne. 90 minutes. Colour. / After the mild ...

Howarth, Lesley

(1952-?   ) UK author for Young Adult readers – not to be confused with the British mathematician Leslie Howarth (1911-2001) – whose MapHead sequence, comprising MapHead (1994) and MapHead 2 (1997; vt MapHead: The Return 1997), describes the travails of the eponymous Alien from the Parallel World, whose skin is able to project ...

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, Kenneth Bulmer, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its ...

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