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Wray, A Lunar

Pseudonym of US Unitarian minister and author Minot Judson Savage (1841-1918), whose At the Back of the Moon; Or, Observations of Lunar Phases (1879), a spoofish verse Satire in which a group of touring Lunarians, after conveying to the narrator of the tale their sense of life on the Evolution of life on Earth, return to the back side of the Moon, where they inhabit a topsy-turvy world which the ...

Tangerine Dream

German electronic music group, founded by Edgar Froese in 1967. Their line-up has changed a good deal over the years – Klaus Schulze was a member for a time – although as of 2007 the group comprises Froese and musician Thorsten Quaeschning (1963-    ). Their first release, Electronic Meditation (1970) owes much to musique concrète, using cut-and-pasted audio tape to ...

Siegele, H H

(1883-1983) US author, mostly of nonfiction works on carpentry and building in general; Pushing Buttons (1946 chap) is a short Lost Race tale. [JC]

Cartmill, Cleve

(1908-1964) US author and journalist; co-inventor of the Blackmill system of high-speed typography. He began publishing work of genre interest with "Oscar" for Unknown in February 1941, and several short Fantasy novels, also in Unknown; one of these, "Hell Hath Fury" (August 1943 Unknown), was featured in the George Hay anthology of the same title ...

Kelly, David J

(?   -    ) US author of the routine Killstar sequence of Science Fantasy adventures comprising The Baalbak Quest (1980) and Tower of Despair (1980), in which humanity is saved from a terrible threat. [JC]

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...

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