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Yellow Magazine, The

UK fortnightly general fiction magazine published by Amalgamated Press, London; 130 issues, 23 September 1921 to 17 September 1926, appeared alternate Fridays with The Red Magazine, both edited by John Stock. The magazine was very similar to The Red, though if anything was more light-hearted. For the five years it existed it seemed to siphon away from The Red much of its mystery fiction and science fiction. Many of the same contributors appeared: R Coutts Armour, writing mostly as Coutts ...

Sh'mantra

Australian neo-prog band. Both their debut release Cornucopia (1998) and their follow-up double-album Formula Orange (2001) are couched in an atmospheric, pared-down musical style, mostly instrumental, a little reminiscent of Radiohead. Tracks on the latter include "Robots on the Beach" and a ten-minute version of Edgar Allan Poe called "Pit and the Pendulum". It works well, although this same style seems drifty and unfocused in their next album, Sub Floating (2002). [AR]

Glendon, George

(?   -?   ) UK author known only for his sf Near Future novel, The Emperor of the Air (1910), in which the Invention of a superscientific Airship, lifted by a vacuum-creating engine, leads to the destruction of the air fleets of the world, and the brief imposition of a Pax Aeronautica whose rulers speak Esperanto, an experiment abruptly terminated when the airship crashes (at the very tip of Mount Everest) during a hazardous exploration of the globe. [JC]

Spacemen

US letter-size Cinema magazine printed on cheap newsprint-quality paper. Eight numbered issues from July 1961 to June 1964, plus Spacemen 1965 Yearbook. Published by Warren Publishing's subsidiary imprint Sparky Publications/Spacemen Inc. Edited by Forrest J Ackerman. / Spacemen was intended as a more sf-oriented companion to Ackerman's Famous Monsters of Filmland (1958-1983), with a somewhat more mature slant. Most covers were by artist Basil Gogos, although the 1965 yearbook cover was by ...

Brooks, Mel

Working name of US film-maker, writer (initially for Television) and actor Melvin James Kaminsky (1926-    ), who as an improvisational stand-up comedian in 1953 created the ongoing character of the 2000 Year Old Man, an Immortal who attended Christ's crucifixion and offers a skewed perspective on the modern world ("I have over forty-two thousand children, and not one comes to visit me."). A 1961 LP of these routines sold over a million copies; Brooks voiced the title role ...

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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