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Dark Fantasy

Radio series (1941-1942). The NBC Radio Network. Produced by John J Prosser. Radioplays were by Scott Bishop, pseudonym of George Hamaker (1912-?1996), and Richard Breen. Announcers: Keith Painton, then Tom Paxton. 31 30-minute episodes. / Based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, this Horror and Fantasy series featured some sf during its brief run, and while not well remembered was reportedly of high ...


UK pop/rock band comprising singer Freddie Mercury (1946-1991), guitarist Brian May (1947-    ), drummer Roger Taylor (1949-    ) and bassist John Deacon (1951-    ). After rather floridly pompous beginnings, Queen hit the big time with the single "Bohemian Rhapsody" (on their fourth album, A Night at the Opera, 1975), a splendidly inventive and rousing portmanteau song about the battle between demons and angels for a ...

Werfel, Franz

(1890-1945) Austrian poet, playwright and author, a member of the loose Prague Circle of writers, active from 1911 and achieving early fame as an Expressionist poet and dramatist, in active service during World War One. His first play, Bocksgesang: in funf Akten (1921; trans Ruth Langner as Goat Song: A Drama in Five Acts 1926), is of sf interest for its depiction of an eighteenth-century Monster, a ...

Paul, Graham Sharp

(?   -    ) Ceylon [now Sri Lanka]-born soldier, businessman and author, in Australia from 1983, whose Space Opera Hellfort's War sequence, beginning with Hellfort's War: Book 1: The Battle at the Moons of Hell (2007), engages its protagonist Paul Hellfort in various conflict scenarios typical of Military SF in space, the scale of which increases as does his rank. The ...

Burgess, Tony

(1959-    ) Canadian performance artist (under the name Tony Blue) and author in whose first novel of sf interest, Pontypool Changes Everything (1998), a Meme-spread Basilisk destroys victims' ability to make sense through language: then they go mad. It was filmed as Pontypool (2008), and assembled with the more conspicuously surreal ...

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. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and sf ...

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