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Blue Öyster Cult

Also known as BÖC. US rock band formed in New York in 1967 as "Soft White Underbelly", largely at the instigation of the record producer Sandy Pearlman (1943-2016), who, whilst he did not play in the band, did write some of their lyrics. BÖC's sound on their debut album, Blue Öyster Cult (1972) is blues-rock of an accomplished but traditional cast, although a left-field style with song lyrics often created a broadly fantastical mood even when the songs appear to be about mundane ...

Jerry Cornelius [series]

A loosely linked sequence by Michael Moorcock (whom see for fuller discussion), beginning in the mid-1960s in New Worlds and central to that magazine's then Entropy-permeated world view. Jerry Cornelius, introduced in "Preliminary Data" (August 1965 New Worlds), was at first a semi-parodic Icon of contemporary "Swinging London" UK culture, stylishly cool against a background of violence and impending Disaster. Early exploits appeared in novel form as The Final Programme (excerpts August and ...

Yanagihara, Hanya

(1974-    ) US journalist, editor and author best-known for the nonfantastic novel A Little Life (2015). Her first novel, The People in the Trees (2013), which is of sf interest, takes some elements from the life and career of Daniel Carleton Gajdusek (1923-2008), an eminent medical researcher who identified a cure for kuru, a deadly disease afflicting the South Fore people of New Guinea through their practice of funerary cannibalism, for which he shared the Nobel Prize; two ...

Peril, Bruce

(?   -    ) Author – probably UK, possibly a pseudonym – of the Children's SF novel Rocket to the Moon: A Story for Boys (1946). The plot concerns Scientists who invent a Rocket fuel that will enable a flight to the Moon. They are threatened by an international gang that has learnt of their success and demands to be sent the formula; the scientists defy them and, with the help of a young journalist, the gang is eventually caught and the rocket ...

Kohll, Malcolm

(1953-    ) South African-born screenwriter and author, in the UK from 1977, whose Tie to his own Doctor Who script, Doctor Who – Delta and the Bannermen (1989) is of the usual competence required in this universe. [JC]

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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