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Wayne, Jeff

(1943-    ) US composer and musician, best known for his lengthy concept-album adaptation of H G Wells's The War of the Worlds (April-December 1897 Pearson's; 1898), released as Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds (1978). This work, narrated rather grumpily by Richard Burton, retells the whole of Wells's story through songs sung by David Essex, Justin Hayward (of The Moody Blues), Phil Lynott and others. The music is lively and varied and the album has ...

Fifth Element, The

Film (1997). Gaumont. Directed by Luc Besson. Costumes by Jean-Paul Gaultier. Written by Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen. Cast includes Maïwenn Besco, Ian Holm, Mila Jovovich, Gary Oldman, Chris Tucker and Bruce Willis. 126 minutes. Colour. / 1914. An archaeologist discovers strange hieroglyphs in a hidden Egyptian tomb. Deciphered, they indicate that the Underground chamber has for almost 5000 years concealed a great Weapon consisting of four stones that manifest the normal four ...

Gressman, Thomas S

(1957-2018) US author of Ties, almost all to the Battletech Wargame universe, beginning with Battletech: The Hunters (1997) [JC]

Trevelyan, G E

(1903-1941) UK author, from a family related to the political/literary Trevelyan dynasty. She won a Newdigate Prize for her first publication, the nonfantastic Julia: Daughter of Claudius (1927 chap), a narrative poem; she was the first woman to win this prize. Of her novels, Appius and Virginia (1932) is an Apes as Human tale whose protagonist, the solitary Virginia Hutton, adopts an orangutan in infancy, naming him Appius; her attempts to raise him as a human able to read and talk have ...

Willans, Geoffrey

Working name of Herbert Geoffrey Willans (1911-1958), UK schoolmaster, author and journalist who served in the Royal Navy during World War Two. He is best remembered for his comic squibs and sketches narrated as by the archetypal 1950s schoolboy Nigel Molesworth, memorably illustrated by Ronald Searle (1920-2011) in the vein of the artist's St Trinian's girls'-school cartoons though with less savagery and more whimsy. Molesworth made his debut in Punch in 1939 (without Searle); his exploits are ...

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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