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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 ...

Disch, Thomas M

(1940-2008) US author, raised in Minnesota but for many years intermittently resident in New York where, before becoming a full-time writer in the mid-1960s, he worked in an advertising agency and in a bank; he subsequently lived (and set several tales) in the UK, Turkey, Italy and Mexico, before returning to Manhattan, where much of his significant work is set; he was the partner of Charles Naylor from 1969 until the latter's death in 2005. Disch began publishing sf with "The Double-Timer" for ...

Boffard, Rob

(1984-    ) South African author also resident in London and Vancouver, who has also published sf as by Jackson Ford (see below). His Near Future Outer Earth sequence, beginning with Tracer (2015), is set partly on Earth and partly on an enormous Space Station in near-Earth orbit. Containing the remnants of Homo sapiens after the desecration and depopulation of Earth, this Space Habitat serves as a Keep to preserve the species, though the protagonists of the final volume of ...

Skinner, Martyn

(1906-1993) UK poet whose first published book, Sir Elfadore and Mabyna: a Poem in Four Cantos (1935 chap) anonymous, is an archaized romance set in Faerie. He remains best known for the three volumes of Letters to Malaya (coll 1941 chap, coll 1943 chap and coll 1947 chap), though his most ambitious works were two long narrative poems. The Return of Arthur sequence – comprising Merlin; Or, the Return of Arthur: A Satiric Epic (1951 chap), The Return of Arthur: A Poem of the Future (1955) ...

Munro, John

(1849-1930) UK engineer, professor of mechanical engineering at Bristol, and author of three tales of sf interest, "Sun-Rise in the Moon" (October 1894 Cassell's Magazine), "A Message from Mars" (March 1895 Cassell's Family Magazine) and A Trip to Venus (1897, incorporating "A Message from Mars" above as chapter one). The novel is an unexceptional account of a journey by Spaceship – powered by a new Antigravity-sustaining Power Source – to an idyllic Utopia on Venus, with a brief ...

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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