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Architectural Metaphor

US space-rock band whose pretentious name well suits the ramblingly overweening sf stylings of their albums. On Studio Galacti (1994) and Creature of the Velvet Void (1997) swirling synthesizers and elaborately played guitars do little to enliven various pulpish Genre SF Clichés. [AR] see also: SF Music. / links / Architectural Metaphor

McLandburgh, Florence

(1850-1934) US author, who wrote poetry as by McLandburgh Wilson. In The Automaton Ear and Other Stories (coll 1876), the title story "The Automaton Ear" (May 1873 Scribner's Monthly) is of sf interest for its description of a device capable – since sound never in fact dies – of recovering all the sounds that ever existed; the sonic equivalent of a Time Viewer. [JC]

Cybernetic Grandma, The

Czechoslovakian animated stop-motion film (1962; original title Kybernetická babička). Louthovy Film Praha. Studia Kreslencho a Loutkoveho Filmu. Directed and written by Jiří Trnka. 28 minutes. Colour. / In the future a young girl is staying with her grandma in the country, when a flying device delivers a telegram which is played like a vinyl record (see Communications). It is from her father, saying she can now return as their new house is finished. Grandma and ...

Phineas and Ferb

US animated tv series (2007-2015). Disney Television Animation (see Disney on Television). Created by Dan Povenmire and Jeff "Swampy" Marsh. Directors include Robert F Hughes, Jay Lender, Zac Moncrief, Dan Povenmire and Sue Perrotto. Writers include Jon Colton Barry, Jim Bernstein, Antoine Guilbaud, Kaz, Jeff "Swampy" Marsh, Martin Olson, Scott D Peterson, Dan Povenmire, Kim Roberson and Aliki Theofilopoulos. Voice cast includes Dee Bradley Baker, Vincent Martella, Dan Povenmire, Caroline Rhea, ...

Rogers, John Rankin

(1838-1901) US politician (Governor of Washington 1897-1901) and author of The Graftons; Or, Looking Forward: A Story of Pioneer Life (1893; vt Looking Forward: The Story of an American Farm 1898), a Utopia structured as a reflection upon Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward (1888). [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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