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Queen of Outer Space

Film (1958). Allied Artists. Directed by Edward Bernds. Written by Charles Beaumont and Edward Bernds (uncredited), based on a story by Ben Hecht. Cast includes Paul Birch, Eric Fleming, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Laurie Mitchell and Dave Willock. 80 minutes. Colour. / Flying to Earth's Space Station to investigate intimations that we have unfriendly "neighbours", four astronauts watch as the space station is blown up by a strange ray; then, accelerating to avoid a similar fate, the crew blacks out and ...

Future Sound of London, The

Also known as FSOL. UK dance music group comprising Garry Cobain (1966-    ) and Brian Dougans (1968-    ). FSOL's collage of instrumental musical styles is often rhythmically (if complexly) robotic, appropriate to its primary use in dance clubs and at raves. Some of the group's apparent sf qualities reveal themselves, on closer analysis, to have more mundane explanations – for example their early album Tales of Ephidrina (1993) sounds like a ...

Bierce, Ambrose

(1842-circa 1914) US journalist, poet and author of short stories and Satires, deeply affected by his four years in the American Civil War (he enlisted as a private in 1861, was breveted major for bravery, and was wounded twice). Like Bret Harte and Mark Twain, (who settled in London, as for shorter periods did Joaquin Miller and Twain), he soon went abroad, spending 1872-circa 1875 in the UK, publishing three volumes of sketches there as by Dod Grile, most notably The Fiend's Delight (coll ...

Lindsay, David

(1876-1945) UK author, younger brother of Alexander Crawford, in military service 1916-1918; not to be confused with David T Lindsay. He is remembered today almost entirely for his first novel, A Voyage to Arcturus (1920), a tale whose apocalyptic intensity – and whose refusal of any balm or loving-kindness as its protagonist scours an alien world in search of a savage Transcendence – marks it as a work written in the aftermath of World War One; the last word spoken in the book, the ...

Kirby, Jack

Pseudonym of US comic-book illustrator Jacob Kurtzberg (1917-1994), who was known as Jack Kirby from about 1940, though he does not seem to have taken that name legally; other early pseudonyms include Jack Curtiss, Curt Davis, Ted Grey, Lance Kirby and Fred Sande. One of the giants in the Comics industry, he began his more than fifty-year career in 1936 working on newspaper comic strips for the Lincoln Newspaper Syndicate; briefly, in 1939, he worked for Fleischer Studios (see Max Fleischer) ...

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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