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Malzieu, Mathias

(1974-    ) French singer – he is lead singer of the French band Dionysos – and author whose novel, La mécanique du coeur (2007; trans Sarah Ardizzone as The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart 2009), is fantasticated out of Steampunk tropes: an infant, born in Scotland in 1874 in savagely cold weather, has a frozen heart, which is replaced on the spot by a cuckoo clock. When he reaches adolescence, romantic love upsets his ticker. [JC]

Brooks, Kevin

(1959-    ) UK author of Young Adult fiction, most of it nonfantastic, his best-known title being The Bunker Diary (2013), whose young protagonist is imprisoned in an Underground bunker; his torturer adds other prisoners, all of whom eventually die, including, at the very last, the young protagonist. The use of violence in this tale, and in several others, may seem surgical: but at the same time open-eyed. / Brooks is of interest for several tales, some directly sf. Thes ...

Banks, Tony

(1950-    ) UK musician, best known as the keyboard-player and founder-member of Genesis, Banks released a number of solo albums, none of which enjoyed commercial success. The first of these, A Curious Feeling (1979), is a concept-album adaptation of Daniel Keyes's Flowers for Algernon (April 1959 F&SF; exp 1966), very Genesis-like in sound, with vocals by Scottish singer Kim Beacon (1957-2005). [AR]

Werewolf, The

Film (1956). Clover Productions. Produced by Sam Katzman. Directed by Fred F Sears. Narrated by Sears. Cast includes Joyce Holden (Amy), S John Launer, George Lynn, Don Megowan, Steven Ritch and Eleanore Tanin. 79 minutes. Black and white. / Unscrupulous Scientists Dr Emery Forrest (Launer) and Dr Morgan Chambers (Lynn) have been secretly working on a serum meant to immunize humans against radiation poisoning in case the Cold War intensifies. Coming upon Duncan Marsh (Ritch) just after he ...

Amazing Stories Annual

US letter-size 128pp Magazine published by Hugo Gernsback's Experimenter Publishing Company. Its only issue, published in 1927, ran the first publication of The Master Mind of Mars (1927; 1928) by Edgar Rice Burroughs. The rest of the issue was made up of reprints from the first year of Amazing Stories. The success of the Annual led to a regular Amazing Stories Quarterly. [BS/MA] links / Galactic Central illustrated checklist

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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