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Canadian rock band comprising Geddy Lee (1953-    ), Alex Lifeson (1953-    ) and Neil Peart (1952-2020). Their roots were in straightforward blues-rock, but their more prog-oriented second album Fly By Night (1975) made apparent the influence of the individualist ideology of Ayn Rand: the track "Anthem" from that album adapts sentiments, though not the storyline, from Rand's "objectivist" sf novel Anthem (1938; cut 1946) into a rock song (a cultural ...


Animated film (2008). Pixar Animation Studios/Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Andrew Stanton. Written by Stanton and Jim Reardon, based on a story by Stanton and Pete Docter. Cast includes Ben Burtt, Jeff Garlin, Elissa Knight, Sigourney Weaver. 95 minutes. Colour. / On the page it sounds implausibly avant-garde: a love story between two Robots aimed at children and told through mime. On the screen, however, it was a stunning critical and commercial success, won an Oscar and both a Hugo ...

Boudinot, Ryan

(1972-    ) US author, born in the US Virgin Islands, who began to publish work of genre interest with "Civilization" for McSweeney's #14 in 2004, set in a savagely Satirized Near Future America where teenagers are forced to ritually murder their parents; also of interest was "Cardiology" in Real Unreal: Best American Fantasy Volume III (anth 2008) edited by Kevin Brockmeier and Matthew Cheney. The Littlest Hitler: Stories (coll 2006) assembles tales, mostly set in the ...

Planet With

Japanese animated tv series (2018), in conjunction with the Manga by Satoshi Mizukami. J C Staff. Directed by Youhei Suzuki. Written by Satoshi Mizukami. Voice cast includes Atsushi Abe, Sayaka Haradi, Shiori Izawa, Rikiya Koyama and Kenji Nomura. Twelve 24-minute episodes to date. Colour. / The Invasion of Earth is not an infrequent genre trope, but the first Weapon being an enormous smiling teddy bear with ears for wings, a mass of (human) arms in place of legs and, upon its chest, ...

Collins, Max Allan

(1948-    ) US author, best known for mysteries and thrillers, many written as Max Collins; under that form of his name he also wrote the Dick Tracy comic strip from 1977 to 1993, assembling a good deal of this output – much of which features sf-like Inventions and villains with assorted Superpowers – in graphic collections like Dick Tracy Meets Angeltop: Flattop's Little Girl (graph coll 1980). He also wrote Dick Tracy (1990), novelizing the film, and other ...

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 and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...

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