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Galaxy [music]

German/Swiss prog-rock band, founded in Frankfurt-am-Main in 1977, who sang in English. The songs on their one album release, Nature's Clear Well (1978) are mostly environmental in theme, with a Dystopian vision of urban living, and the hint ("I've Come From A World") of extraterrestrial intervention. [AR]

Mixon, Laura J

(1957-    ) US author, married to Steven Gould, who began publishing sf with the first of the Omni Odysseys sequence for younger readers, Omni: Astropilots (1987; vt Astro Pilots 1987); other titles were from other hands. Her first adult novel, Glass Houses (December-mid-December 1991 Analog; 1992), is a Cyberpunk-influenced tale set in New York City, told in a style one might describe as East Coast noir. The female protagonist, grittily characterized, is tough, believable, ...

Rose, Heather

(1964-    ) Australian author whose Tuesday McGillycuddy sequence with Danielle Wood under the joint pseudonym Angelica Banks, and beginning with Finding Serendipity (2013), is fantasy for younger readers. Rose is of sf interest for the Near Future Bruny (2019), set just after an American president has engineered a second term and Brexit is in force; in Tasmania, a Chinese-financed and -engineered project to construct a bridge between Bruny Island, which is south of Hobart, ...

Russell, John [2]

(1792-1878) UK politician and author, Prime-Minister of Great Britain 1846-1852, and 1865-1866, grandfather of Bertrand Russell; from his early writing career, the title novella assembled in Adventures in the Moon and Other Worlds (coll 1836) features a trip by mechanical Spaceship to the Moon, where a mélange of figures from various narrative traditions can be found, including ghosts of Earthmen, walking Icons who represent abstract Virtues and Vices, and evidences of an advanced ...


An item of sf Terminology originated by Robert A Heinlein in his short novel "Waldo" (August 1942 Astounding; with 1 other story as Waldo & Magic, Inc., coll 1950; vt Waldo: Genius in Orbit, coll 1958). The eponymous hero suffers from a crippling wasting of the muscles, and invents a number of remote-control grasping and manipulating devices, also called waldoes, to amplify the power of his feeble muscular movements. The term has since come into general use in Technology to describe a whole ...

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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