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Idle, Eric

(1943-    ) UK comedian, composer, actor, and author of a wide range of comic material, from skits for the famous UK Television series Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969-1974) to the book and libretto for the play Monty Python's Spamalot (2005), and of two novels, the second of which, The Road to Mars: A Post-Modern Novel (1999), is sf featuring an Android scholar in the employ of two twenty-second century comedians working the interplanetary vaudeville circuit known as the ...

Alan Parsons Project

UK prog-rock band founded by Alan Parsons (1948-    ) and Eric Woolfson (1945-2009). Parsons worked as a record producer, and remains best-known today as the sound engineer of Pink Floyd's album Dark Side of the Moon (1974); there is, indeed, an inescapably sub-Floyd feel to most of the work released by his own band. Each of the ten Alan Parsons Project albums develops a single "concept", often science-fictional, through a number of songs. The group's first release Tales of ...

Garby, Lee Hawkins

(1890-1953) US author, wife of the chemist Dr Carl Garby (1890-1930), a school-friend of E E "Doc" Smith, with whom she collaborated between 1915 and 1920 on the manuscript of The Skylark of Space: The Tale of the First Inter-Stellar Cruise (August-October 1928 Amazing; 1946; cut rev 1958), for which she was credited. The 1958 abridgement of this hugely influential Space Opera seems unlikely to have eliminated her contribution, which according to Smith focused on dialogue and other people ...

Metropolis [2]

Japanese animated film (2001; vt Osamu Tezuka's Metropolis). Based on the Manga by Osamu Tezuka. Madhouse. Directed by Rintaro. Written by Katsuhiro Ōtomo. Voice cast includes Yuka Imoto, Tarô Ishida, Kei Kobayashi, Hiroaki Okada, Junpei Takiguchi and Kōsei Tomita. 108 minutes. Colour. / Duke Red (Ishida), a wealthy industrialist in Metropolis, the most powerful City on Earth, arranges the murder of its President – planning to replace him with an AI Robot (Imoto) who ...

Manden der Taenkte Ting

Film (1969; vt The Man Who Thought Life). Asa Film/Palladium. Directed by Jens Ravn. Written by Henrik Stangerup, based on Manden der Taenkte Ting (1938) by Valdemar Holst. Cast includes Preben Neergaard, John Price and Lotte Tarp. 97 minutes. Black and white. / This Danish fantasy tells of a man who can create objects – even people – by force of will. Anything he brings into existence has only a short life, so he goes to a doctor and asks for a brain operation to perfect his ...

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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