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Barker, Arthur W

(?   -?   ) US author of The Light from Sealonia (1927), a Lost World novel set in a deep valley near the North Pole; two opposing civilizations inhabit the cleft, both boasting high Technology, Utopian Sealonia containing fair-skinned abstemious descendants of the Lost Tribes of Israel, Nodolia containing dark-skinned hedonists descended from Cain and his ilk ...

Wurlitzer, Rudolph

(1937-    ) US screenwriter and author, much of whose film work has been signed Rudy Wurlitzer; he is probably best known for early scripts for films like Two-Lane Blacktop (1971) or Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973), though his first works were novels, most of which may be read as Fabulations in which sf elements are bleakly Equipoisal with a free-floating on-the-road gonzo ...

Sedgwick, S N

(1872-1941) UK minister, composer, playwright and author whose Near Future sf novel, The Last Persecution (1909) is a Yellow Peril story involving the successful Chinese Invasion of Europe. Eventually a religious revival causes the overthrow of the occupation government. [JC]

Who, The

Highly regarded UK rock band, formed in 1964 by guitarist and songwriter Peter Townshend (1945-    ), vocalist Roger Daltrey (1944-    ), bassist John Entwhistle (1944-2002) and drummer Keith Moon (1946-1978). The Who's blues and rock grounding is evident in a range of skilfully noisy and slyly affecting songs about teenage disaffection, some of the most enduring in the rock-and-roll canon. But Townshend's ambition from an early stage was to write ...

Coles, Bennett R

(?   -    ) Canadian military officer, entrepreneur and author whose War sequence of Space Opera adventures beginning with Virtues of War (2015) puts a young un-battle-tested woman in command of some hardened troops in an expanding conflict. The arena is galaxy-wide. Terra is threatened but expansionist. [JC]

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. He began to publish work of genre interest with an sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" in Triquarterly for Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959]; he began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and later in ...

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