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Galaxy [music]

German/Swiss prog-rock band, founded in Frankfurt-am-Main in 1977, who sang in English. The songs on their one album release, Nature's Clear Well (1978) are mostly environmental in theme, with a Dystopian vision of urban living, and the hint ("I've Come From A World") of extraterrestrial intervention. [AR]

Matthews, Susan R

(1952-    ) US author whose childhood in a peripatetic military family and two years of military service clearly provide background and ambience throughout her main work, the Jurisdiction Universe Military SF sequence, comprising An Exchange of Hostages (1997), Prisoner of Conscience (1998), Hour of Judgment (1999), Angel of Destruction (2001), The Devil and Deep Space (2002) and Warring States (2006). This knowledgeableness enriches her depiction of the protagonist of the ...

Spoor, Ryk E

(1962-    ) US author most of whose work has been action-heavy Space Opera, though his first book, Digital Knight (coll of linked stories 2003), is a set of closely linked tales whose narrator, the eponymous Computer-expert private eye, uncovers a complex Alternate World through his discovery of the existence of Vampires and other Supernatural Creatures. In his first two sf series, however, Spoor settled into a mode where interstellar action can be unpacked with due ...

Stong, Phil

(1899-1957) US author and editor, author of the thrice-filmed State Fair (1932). His The Other Worlds (anth 1941; vt The Other Worlds: Twenty-five Modern Stories of Mystery and Imagination 1942) was the first important sf Anthology. Its twenty-five stories, about half sf and half horror, were mostly from the Pulp magazines, not previously regarded as a proper source of material (of sf at least) for respectable hardcover books. [PN]

Sleator, William

(1945-2011) US composer and author, in the latter capacity almost exclusively for the Young Adult market. His first novel, The Angry Moon (1970 chap), is a fantasy based on Native American myths. Most of his novels stood alone, though he produced two short series. In the Boxes sequence, comprising Boxes (1998) and Marco's Millions (2001), two mysterious boxes, left in the possession of a young girl with strict instructions that they must not be opened, when inevitably opened do inevitably ...

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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