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Société des Timides à la Parade des Oiseaux, La

French neo-prog band, whose post-punk, whimsically aggressive and pretentious music has much of the flavour of New Wave sf. Their first album was the anagrammatically eponymous, La STOP (1990; the group's name translates as "the shy society at the bird parade"), a work which tries perhaps too earnestly to derange conventional musical styles. But Expériences De Survie (2000; the title means "Survival Experiments") very effectively literalizes its out-of-the-world aesthetic (one track is ...

Shawl, Nisi

(1955-    ) US editor, journalist and author who began publishing work of genre interest with "I Was a Teenage Genetic Engineer" as by Denise Angela Shawl in Semiotext(e) SF (anth 1989) edited by Rudy Rucker, Peter Lamborn Wilson and Robert Anton Wilson. She has focused throughout her career on short forms of fiction, a fair conspectus of her work being assembled as Filter House: Short Fiction (coll 2008), which includes her first story and which won a James Tiptree Jr ...

Project UFO

US tv series (1978-1979; vt Project Blue Book). A Mark VIII Ltd Production/NBC. Executive producer Jack Webb; created Harold Jack Bloom; produced by Col. William T Coleman. Cast includes William Jordan as Major Jake Gatlin, Caskey Swaim as Sgt Harry Fisk, Aldine King as Libby Virdon, Edward Winter (season 2) as Capt Ben Ryan. Directors included Richard Quine, Dennis Donnelly, Robert Leeds, John Patterson, Rich Greer. Writers included Harold Jack Bloom, Donald L Gold, Robert Blees. Two seasons, ...

Gay, Anne

(1952-    ) UK teacher and author, married to Stan Nicholls (1949-    ), who began publishing sf with "Wishbone" in Gollancz-Sunday Times Best SF Stories (anth 1987) edited anonymously; she has used her married name Anne Nicholls for later short fiction. Her first novel, Mindsail (1990) – like all her works it is a Planetary Romance – promisingly describes an alien planet to which the passengers of a crashed human Starship have had to adjust, ...

Dreyfuss, Richard

(1947-    ) US actor and occasional author, his literary work apparently restricted to The Two Georges (1995) with Harry Turtledove, an Alternate History in which the American Revolution never happened; but separatists lurk. [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. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...

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