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Strickland, W P

(1809-1884) US Methodist minister and author, who served as a chaplain in the American Civil War. His Lost Race tale, The Astrologer of Chaldea; Or, the Life of Faith (1855), locates its uplifting discoveries in ancient Babylonia. [JC]

Iron Maiden

English heavy metal band formed in 1975 by bassist Stephen Harris (1956-    ) and characterized by very loud, fast guitar work and the banshee vocals of lead singer Bruce Dickinson (1958-    ). The band select promiscuously from established texts as premises for their songs, adapting many novels and (especially) films from war-story, mystery, historical, noir and sf genres. The latter, often inflected via a persistent interest in Satanism and occult ...

Demolition Man

Film (1993). Silver Pictures/Warner Bros. Directed by Marco Brambilla. Written by Daniel Waters, Robert Reneau, Peter M Lenkov, based on a story by Lenkov and Reneau. Cast includes Sandra Bullock, Bob Gunton, Nigel Hawthorne, Denis Leary, Wesley Snipes and Sylvester Stallone. 115 minutes. Colour. / In 1997 Los Angeles (see California), macho cop John Spartan (Stallone) – nicknamed "the demolition man" – is framed by his most recent arrestee, malicious supercriminal Simon Phoenix ...

Wilber, Rick

Working name of US academic and author Richard Arnold Wilber (1948-    ), who began to publish work of genre interest with "Horatio Hornblower and the Songs of Innocence" (in Chrysalis 6, anth 1980, ed Roy Torgeson), and many of whose short stories have been assembled as Where Garagiola Waits and Other Baseball Stories (coll 1999), To Leuchars (coll 2001) and Rambunctious: Nine Tales of Determination (coll 2020), this last volume containing some powerfully elegiac tales with ...

Hale, Katie

(?   -    ) UK poet and author, whose first books were poetry collections beginning with Breaking the Surface (coll 2017 chap). She is of sf interest for her first novel, My Name Is Monster (2019), set in a Near Future England devastated by Climate Change and Pandemic illnesses. The two first-person protagonists describe themselves as Monsters: one because of a profound sociopathic estrangement which protects her from the new world; the other because he is ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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