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Spencer, William Browning

(1946-    ) US author whose first novel, Maybe I'll Call Anna (1990), edges towards but does not embrace the fantastic as its protagonist's obsession with the disturbed eponym of the tale is elaborated in twists of plot and implication that are inherently non-realistic. A play between metaphor and the literal marks, and at points lessens the impact of his second novel, Résumé with Monsters (1994), which shuttles between "simple" ...

Michael Moorcock & The Deep Fix

UK psychedelic-rock band formed by Michael Moorcock with Graham Charnock and Steve Gilmore, based in Notting Hill, London, and taking its name from Moorcock's story collection The Deep Fix (coll 1966) as by James Colvin. Their album New Worlds Fair (1975), released by United Artists, is set in a Post-Holocaust future and ...

Billy the Kid

Pseudonym of American cowboy and outlaw William H Bonney (1859-1881), who was probably born Henry McCarty, becoming Bonney for unknown reasons in 1877, perhaps because his mother remarried, or to dodge arrest; a thief who shot other men in the back. He was also involved in range wars, and possibly originally cast in heroic roles because he featured in situations which – in terms of the cauldron of story of the Western, which was just beginning to boil – ...

Adeler, Max

Principal pseudonym of US author and businessman Charles Heber Clark (1841-1915), who wrote also as John Quill, under which name he published "The Women's Millennium" (26 April 1867 Philadelphia Daily Evening Bulletin), possibly the first sex-role-reversal Dystopia. Set in an indeterminate future, and told from the perspective of an even later period when some balance has been achieved, it is a remarkably cutting demonstration of the foolishness of male ...

Simpsons, The

US animated tv series (1989-current). Gracie Films, 20th Television (later, 20th Television Animation). Created by Matt Groening. Developed by James L Brooks, Matt Groening and Sam Simon. Directors include Mike B Anderson, Wesley Archer, Susie Dietter, Mark Kirkland, Rich Moore, Steven Dean Moore, Jim Reardon and David Silverman. Writers include David X Cohen, John Frink, Al Jean, Tim Long, Ian Maxtone-Graham, George Meyer, Bill Oakley, Bill Odenkirk, Mike Scully, Matt Selman, John ...

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 ...



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