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Talebones

US Digest Semiprozine published by Fairwood Press, Seattle by Patrick J Swenson and Honna Swenson. It was initially saddle-stapled but became perfect bound from #18 (Winter 2000). It ran for forty issues from Fall 1995 to Winter (December) 2009, plus an advanced "preview" issue distributed at the Portland "Westercon" Convention at the start of July 1995. It was quarterly from the start but graduated to twice yearly by issue #25 (Spring 2002). / The name Talebones suggested connotations of ...

Gabriel, Peter

(1950-    ) UK musician, most famous as a founder-member of the group Genesis. After leaving the band in 1975 he recorded and released four highly regarded solo albums all titled Peter Gabriel (1977, 1978, 1980 and 1982). The albums are differentiated by fans either as "I", "II", "III" and "IV" or, following their cover-art, as Car, Scratch, Melt and Security. The songs, always oblique and elegant, deliberately defamiliarize the usual subject matter of pop in intriguing and ...

Cybernetics

In sf Terminology this is a word so often misused that its real meaning is in danger of being devalued or forgotten. / The term "cybernetics", derived from a Greek word meaning helmsman or controller, was coined by the distinguished mathematician Norbert Wiener in 1947 to describe a new science on which he and others had been working since 1942. The word first passed into general usage with the publication of his Cybernetics (1948; rev 1961), subtitled "Control and Communication in the ...

Davenport, Basil

(1905-1966) US academic and anthologist. His connection with sf began with An Introduction to Islandia [for subtitle see Checklist] (1942 chap), a book about Islandia (1942) by Austin Tappan Wright; his introduction to Stephen Vincent Benét for that author's Selected Works (coll 1942 2vols) is strong and sympathetic. Then came a short critical and historical study, Inquiry into Science Fiction (1955 chap). Describing himself as a "toastmaster", Davenport also introduced (though Earl Kemp ...

Jarry, Alfred

(1873-1907) French author who carried the fruits of his scientific education into his surreal avant-garde writing, particularly the influence of the French evolutionary philosopher Henri Bergson (1859-1941). Jarry's famous play Ubu roi [for subtitle see Checklist] (performed 1896; 1896; trans 1951) and its several sequels including "Ubu enchaîné" (1900 Revue Blanche; trans B Keith and G Legman as King Turd 1953) – helped found the Theatre of the Absurd, and he created the ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...



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