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Yates, W R

(1950-    ) US author of Diasporah (1985), a tale which moves from the Near Future destruction of Israel (and Islam) in a nuclear Holocaust to the re-establishment of a Zionist state in a Space Habitat orbiting beyond the Moon; but New Israel is also under threat (see Politics; Paranoia; Religion), particularly from the French. [JC]

Farrago's Wainscot

US Online Magazine of experimental fiction and estrangement produced by Darin Bradley of Greenville, South Carolina. It ran for twelve loosely themed issues between Winter (January) 2007 and October 2009, and was then revived in January 2015 for four quarterly online issues before folding. Most of the fiction and poetry was some form of the fantastic, often surreal, post-modern, rarely traditional, and it attracted many new, young fantasists, amongst them Forrest Aguirre, Hannah Wolf Bowen, Jay ...

Société des Timides à la Parade des Oiseaux, La

French neo-prog band, whose post-punk, whimsically aggressive and pretentious music has much of the flavour of New Wave sf. Their first album was the anagrammatically eponymous, La STOP (1990; the group's name translates as "the shy society at the bird parade"), a work which tries perhaps too earnestly to derange conventional musical styles. But Expériences De Survie (2000; the title means "Survival Experiments") very effectively literalizes its out-of-the-world aesthetic (one track is ...

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

Film (1994). American Zoetrope/TriStar Pictures/Japan Satellite Broadcasting, Inc/The IndieProd Company. Directed by Kenneth Branagh. Producers include Francis Ford Coppola; coproduced by Branagh and David Parfitt. Written by Seph Lady, Frank Darabont, based on Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus (1818; rev 1831) by Mary Shelley. Cast includes Branagh, Richard Briers, Helena Bonham Carter, John Cleese, Robert Hardy, Ian Holm, Tom Hulce, Celia Imrie, Cherie Lunghi, Robert De Niro and Aidan ...

Ice River

US Amateur Magazine published in letter-size format by David Memmott of Union, Oregon, one of the earliest to use desktop publishing technology. It ran for six issues from Summer 1987 to February 1990, appearing twice a year and never making its planned triannual schedule. It was supported by a grant from the Oregon Arts Commission and the National Endowment of the Arts which allowed the magazine to make a token payment to contributors, but was never considered a Semiprozine. Ice River was a ...

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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