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Michael Moorcock & The Deep Fix

UK psychedelic-rock band formed by Michael Moorcock with Graham Charnock and Steve Gilmore, based in Notting Hill, London, and taking its name from Moorcock's story collection The Deep Fix (coll 1966) as by James Colvin. Their album New Worlds Fair (1975), released by United Artists, is set in a Post-Holocaust future and centres on a doomed fairground populated by a ragged bunch of Dystopian characters. Thomas M Disch described it as "portentous". Recorded at various London studios, New Worlds ...


Card Game (2000). Looney Labs (LL). Designed by Andrew Looney. / Chrononauts is a light hearted game of Time Travel. A special deck of cards is laid out to form a map of the timeline, specifying a somewhat US-centric set of significant events such as the assassination of President Lincoln and the launch of Sputnik. Players can then use cards from their hands to alter history at Jonbar Points, known as linchpin events in the game. Unusually, changing a Jonbar Point does not fully determine ...

Baum, L Frank

(1856-1919) US author who also published as Floyd Akers, Laura Bancroft, John Estes Cooke, Hugh Fitzgerald, Suzanne Metcalf, Schuyler Staunton and Edith Van Dyne (see below). He remains most famous for his long series of tales set in the land of Oz, beginning with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900; vt The New Wizard of Oz 1903), which served as the main source for the most famous film version, The Wizard of Oz (1939). The series continues with The Marvelous Land of Oz: Being an Account of the ...

King, Harold

(1945-2010) US author whose name has also been wrongly recorded as a joint pseudonym. King concentrates his focus on Technothrillers like Paradigm Red (1975; vt Red Alert 1977), where events – in this case the sabotage of a nuclear facility – hover at the edge of sf. World War III (1982), a Tie novelizing the Television drama, sets the beginning of World War Three in the very Near Future Alaska of 1984. Later works of some interest include The Hahnemann Sequela (1984), which is ...


Film (2006; vt Paris 2054: Renaissance). Miramax Films presents an Onyx Films and Millimages production in association with France 2 Cinéma, Luxanimation and Timefirm Limited with the participation of Allied Filmmakers, Centre National de la Cinématographie, Film Fund Luxembourg, MEDIA Plus, ON Animation Studios and Région Ile-de-France. Directed by Christian Volckman. Written by Mathieu Delaporte, Alexandre de la Patellière, Jean-Bernard Pouy and Patrick Raynal. ...

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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