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Spirit

US psychedelic rock band with an interest in science-fictional tropes. Spirit's eclectically inventive melange of style and subject is little listened-to now, although their fourth album Twelve Dreams of Doctor Sardonicus (1970) captures the late hippy blend of Mother Nature and the extraterrestrial cosmos in an interesting way, and Future Games (1977) bends the California experience around the lines of force of television science fiction, including Star Trek ("Bionic Unit", "Star Trek ...

Known Space [series]

Popular sf Future History conceived by Larry Niven (whom see for further discussion), pleasingly blending intelligent Space Opera, Thought Experiments in Physics and various races of colourfully quirky Aliens such as the fanatically risk-averse Puppeteers, the enigmatic and nomadic Outsiders, the tigerish and battle-happy Kzinti, and several more. The series incorporates Niven's first published story "The Coldest Place" (December 1964 If) and thus, unfortunately, the assumption that Mercury ...

It Lives Again

Film (1978; vt It's Alive II). Larco/Warner Bros. Produced and directed by Larry Cohen. Written by Cohen. Cast includes Frederic Forrest, Kathleen Lloyd, John Marley and John P Ryan. 91 minutes. Colour. / This sequel to It's Alive (1974) has the Mutant child's father from the previous film warning another young couple that the pregnant wife may also produce a mutant baby and that the government is systematically terminating all such pregnancies, even though he has learned that the Monsters ...

Brown, Charles N

(1937-2009) US publisher and editor, an sf fan who began his involvement in the field in the 1950s and who remains best known for co-founding (with Ed Meskys and Dave Vanderwerf) and running the sf news magazine Locus in 1968, initially as a Fanzine (see Newszines) addressed primarily to fans in the Boston, Massachusetts area; but eventually expanding its remit until it became the default organ of record and source of reliable information for and about the entire field: dispensing news, ...

Curtis, Wardon Allan

(1867-1940) US author, a contributor to several pre-sf fiction magazines. His most important sf is a short Identity Transfer story about a brain transplant, The Monster of Lake LaMetrie (September 1899 Pearson's as "The Monster of Lake LaMetrie: Being the Narration of James McLennegan, MD, PhD"; 2011 ebook), in which the brain is human and the recipient body that of a prehistoric survival – an elasmosaurus (see Dinosaurs) – from a bottomless lake that may lead into a Symmesian ...

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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