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Blake, Tim

(1952-    ) UK composer and musician. In addition to playing keyboards with Hawkwind, Blake released a number of solo works, with one, Blake's New Jerusalem (1978), of particular genre interest. Blake's generally slow, throbbing synthesizer playing and reedily plangent voice imagines a future Utopia that includes his titular City as well as the deep space beacon of "Lighthouse" (a song also recorded by Hawkwind). The album's high reputation may be linked to its current ...

Bolaño, Roberto

Working name of Chilean journalist, poet and author Roberto Bolaño Avalos; (1953-2003), who was garlanded with awards for works largely outside the sf genre (see Mainstream Writers of SF). Most of his short fiction skirts the fantastic, though his Beast Fable, "El policia de las ratas" (in El gaucho insufrible, coll 2003; trans Chris Andrews as "Police Rat" in The Insufferable Gaucho 2010), is a direct homage to Franz Kafka's "Josefine, die Sängerin oder Das Volk der Mäuse" (in ...

Russell, G Warren

(1854-1937) UK-born journalist, publisher, politician and author, in New Zealand by 1865, now remembered primarily for his controversial role in the Spanish influenza epidemic of 1918, when as the government minister responsible he (correctly) allowed a passenger liner to dock in Auckland, an action which (incorrectly) was thought to have deepened the medical crisis. His only novel, A New Heaven (written circa 1902; 1919), is a Utopia set in a place called Heaven which boast advanced social ...

Brown, Timothy

(1961-    ) US author whose first novel Polaris (2014) is a Near Future tale set in Death Valley (see California), an extreme environment which instantly evokes a sense that Climate Change may have deepened sufficiently to have created Ruined Earth conditions, and that the elderly protagonist of the tale, alone with a Robot servant and a talking car, may be a Last Man figure. / Brown should not be confused with Timothy B Brown, game designer and author of Mystara ...

Tidyman, Ernest

(1928-1984) US journalist, author and screenwriter, author of the Shaft series of books about a Black detective, and of scripts for the Shaft movies, The French Connection (1971) and the supernatural Western High Plains Drifter (1973), among others. His sf novel, Absolute Zero (1971), is a Near-Future thriller whose protagonist becomes involved in Cryonics in an attempt to preserve his accidentally frozen dwarf parents. [JC]

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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