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Rutherford, Mike

(1950-    ) UK musician, best known as guitarist of the group Genesis. His first solo album, Smallcreep's Day (1980) is a concept album based on Peter Currell Brown's 1965 sf novel of the same title: the protagonist, a bored factory worker, leaves his post to explore the factory – a site so large it contains other worlds – and returns a changed man. A number of albums followed, either as by "Mike Rutherford" or as by "Mike and the Mechanics", to some commercial ...

Hill, Roger

(?   -    ) Author whose sf work consists chiefly of five Ties to the Television series Knight Rider (1982-1986), all jointly credited to series creator Glen A Larson and beginning with Knight Rider (1983). Hill also contributed multiple essays to the Frank R Paul art showcase Frank R. Paul: The Dean of Science Fiction Illustration (graph 2012). [DRL]


Role Playing Game (1976). Flying Buffalo. Designed by Ken St. Andre. / Starfaring was the first Role Playing Game to be set in a Space Opera universe. Its milieu includes such iconic features of the subgenre as Faster Than Light travel, intelligent Aliens, hostile Robots, Androids and Psionics; explicit references are made to Anne McCaffrey's The Ship Who Sang (coll of linked stories 1969) and Fred Saberhagen's Berserkers. The tone is broadly comic, illustrated by cartoons of the kind found ...

Reed, Ishmael

(1938-    ) US poet, playwright and author, who emerged in the 1960s as a central representative of the New Black Aesthetic movement, and a figure controversial to the Black critical establishment from the publication of his first novel, The Free-Lance Pallbearers (1967), a powerful Satire in which America is visualized as the digestive system of a cannibal used-car salesman. Yellow-Back Radio Broke-Down (1969), a surreal Western with sf-like anachronisms (including a ...

Brians, Paul

(1942-    ) US academic, currently Emeritus Professor of English at Washington State University since he retired in 2008, and author of the notable specialist Bibliography Nuclear Holocausts: Atomic War in Fiction, 1895-1984 (1987), which summarizes more than 800 World War Three and short-term Post-Holocaust fictional scenarios, many directly depicting Future Wars. He has made this available since 2003 in an expanded version online [see under links below]. [DRL]

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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