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UK pop-rock group, founded originally by singer Peter Gabriel, keyboard player Tony Banks, guitarist Anthony Phillips (1951-    ) and bassist Mike Rutherford. Drummer Phil Collins (1951-    ) joined the band for their third album and later became its front-man. Their first LP, From Genesis to Revelation (1969) is negligible, despite some sf ...

Vallée, Jacques

(1939-    ) French Computer scientist, UFO speculator and author, in US from 1962, a multidisciplinary figure who is of initial interest for his early sf novels, beginning with Le Sub-Espace ["Subspace"] (1961) as by Jérôme Sériel. The Professor Lesage sequence, beginning with Alintel: la première enquête du Professeur Lesage ["Alintel: Professor Lesage's ...

McCowan, Archibald

(?   -?   ) US author whose first novel of interest is Philip Meyer's Scheme: A Story of Trades Unionism (1892) as by Luke A Hedd [ie "look ahead"]; its protagonist, after writing a pamphlet espousing the Utopian socialism of Edward Bellamy in Looking Backward (1888), takes it on himself to unite the workers in the Near Future real world. By ...

Triple A

Item of Terminology relating to Videogames. Triple A or AAA titles are games released by mainstream developers at the top end of the gaming market. They are highly developed in terms of graphical capability, gameplay and design, and are expected to sell well. Game development companies spend large amounts of time, resources and marketing on these titles, which are often used as flagship titles for their companies and teams. AAA ...

Fullerton, Alexander

(1924-2008) UK author, best known for the Nicholas Everard series of naval adventures set in World War One and World War Two; of his numerous singletons, Regenesis (1983) is a Near Future tale, set at sea. [JC]

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos ...

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