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Darkover [series]

Popular sequence of Planetary Romances by Marion Zimmer Bradley (whom see for fuller discussion), beginning with The Planet Savers (November 1958 Amazing; 1962 dos) and The Sword of Aldones (1962) – though these are preceded in internal chronology by Darkover Landfall (1972), in which the first human colonists reach the planet Darkover, and by other prequel volumes. The flavour is of Science Fantasy, with much conflict revolving around Psi Powers and Psionic "matrix" crystals; strong ...

Jensen, Bruce

(1962-    ) US illustrator of whom Vincent Di Fate wrote in Infinite Worlds (1997): "Bruce Jensen's impeccably done illustrations in airbrush and acrylics are more conceptual than literal and are a refreshing departure from the highly narrative works that now dominate the SF paperback book racks." Like Richard Powers and Diane and Leo Dillon before him and John Picacio and Rick Berry more recently, Jensen has been influential in reminding publishers and public alike that ...


UK pop/rock band comprising singer Freddie Mercury (1946-1991), guitarist Brian May (1947-    ), drummer Roger Taylor (1949-    ) and bassist John Deacon (1951-    ). After rather floridly pompous beginnings, Queen hit the big time with the single "Bohemian Rhapsody" (on their fourth album, A Night at the Opera, 1975), a splendidly inventive and rousing portmanteau song about the battle between demons and angels for a suicide's soul. ...

Schneyer, Kenneth

(1960-    ) US lecturer in the law and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Calibration" in Nature Physics for July 2008. Much of his work has been assembled as The Law & the Heart: Stories to Bend the Mind & Soul (coll 2014), several of the tales included focusing on the interactions between law (see also Crime and Punishment; Thought Experiment) and an increasingly contentious world. Some – like "Conflagration", a Time Travel tale – ...

Lee Tung

(?   -    ) Indian author whose interesting sf novel, The Wind Obeys Lama Toru (1967), is a complex story about Overpopulation in which fertility and sterility Drugs act and counteract, driving the population up and down disastrously until the year 2175. [JC]

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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