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Magma

French prog-rock band whose albums elaborate a linked sf narrative about Kobaïa, a planet of spiritually enlightened humans who, having left Earth to form a new Utopian civilization, are now apparently attempting to communicate their wisdom to us. Mekanik Destruktiw Kommandoh (1973) is characteristic: musically an arresting blend of atonal classical and jazz influences, all tracks are sung in a weird Germanic-sounding invented language. In terms of ...

Lloyd, J Wm

Working name of US sexologist, utopian theorist and author John William Lloyd (1857-1940), advocate of The Karezza Method of sexual intercourse, in which the male does not ejaculate, thus strengthening semen for eugenical reasons. His Natural Man sequence – comprising The Natural Man: A Romance of the Golden Age (1902) and ...

Swerling, Anthony

(1944-2004) UK author of The Cambridge Plague: An Illustrated Fantasia on the Social and Sexual Climate Generated by the Descent of the Plague on a Cambridge of the Future (1971), a Near Future Satire, heavily illustrated by the author, whose premise is amply expounded in its subtitle. [JC]

DeWeese, Gene

Working name of US technical author and author Thomas Eugene DeWeese (1934-2012), who began writing sf with two Man from U.N.C.L.E. Ties, The Invisibility Affair (1967) and The Mind-Twisters Affair (1967), both with Robert Coulson and signed, collaboratively, Thomas Stratton. Other novels with Coulson, both authors now signing their own names, include a routine sf adventure for ...

Robbins, David

(1950-    ) US author, prolific in several genres under various names, his first novel, The Wereling (1983), being horror; perhaps best known for the nonfantastic Wilderness sequence of Westerns as by David Thompson. He is of greatest sf interest for the Endworld Post-Holocaust Survivalist sequence, which begins with Endworld #1: The Fox Run (1986) and ends ...

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 ...



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