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German rock band, whose first release Auf Der Bahn Zum Uranus (1974) uses the "road from Earth to Uranus" as a loose organizing premise for a number of songs that celebrate a hippy cosmic oneness ("Tanz Mit Der Mond", "Mutter Erd"). The band's name is the German for Gaia, and the jazz-blues guitar-based improvisation tends towards the mystic-pantheist. A second album, Alraunes Alptraum (1975) contains only 20 minutes of original music, along similar lines. [AR]

Pickover, Clifford A

(1957-    ) US scientist, journalist and author, best known for a wide range of nonfiction texts in which narrative illustrations from Mathematics and Biology and other sciences are used to stimulate the creativity and to awaken the urge to numeracy in his readers. These include Computers, Pattern, Chaos, and Beauty (1990) (see Computers), Chaos in Wonderland: Visual Adventures in a Fractal World (1994), Black Holes: A Traveler's Guide (1996) (see Black Holes), Time: A ...

Adams, Alex

(?   -    ) New Zealand-born author, now in the US, whose first novel White Horse (2012) has a background of global Disaster with Horror in SF overtones. A Pandemic (see also Medicine) which proves to have been engineered by a US Mad Scientist precipitates a general collapse of civilization, accelerated by Chinese sabotage of the Internet and by a war involving Weather Control that brings near-continual rain. The DNA-targeted disease kills most and converts ...

Dream Magazine

UK Semiprozine printed in a consistently neat A5 format, initially of 48 pages but some later issues running to 76 or more pages. It was published and edited by Trevor Jones (1944-1993) in Godmanchester, Huntingdon, and became a Weller Publication from issue #10 (March 1987), the imprint of George P Townsend, who took over as editor from #18 (Winter 1988) when he dropped his own magazine New Moon Quarterly. Dream magazine was bimonthly until #14 (November 1987) then quarterly, as Dream ...

Night of the Comet

Film (1984). Atlantic 9000/Film Development Fund. Directed by Thom Eberhardt. Written by Eberhardt. Cast includes Robert Beltran, Kelli Maroney, Catherine Mary Stewart and Mary Woronov. 100 minutes cut to 95 minutes for UK release. Colour. / This likeable exploitation movie, witty throughout, opens with the light or the Rays from a Comet – an idea perhaps stolen from John Wyndham's The Day of the Triffids (6 January-3 February 1951 Collier's Weekly; as "Revolt of the Triffids"; 1951; ...

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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