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Bill Haley and His Comets

US rock-n-roll band, founded and fronted by Bill Haley (1925-1981); also listed on releases as Bill Haley and The Comets and Bill Haley's Comets. Historians of popular music often credit Haley's earlier group The Saddlemen with recording the first true rock 'n' roll song: "Rocket '88" (1951; the title refers to the Oldsmobile car, not a spaceship); although it was the global success of the Comets' "Rock Around the Clock" (1954) that launched rock as a popular-cultural idiom. In fact, and ...

Cadigan, Pat

Working name of US author Patricia Oren Kearney Cadigan (1953-    ), who began publishing sf with "Death from Exposure" for Shayol #2, February 1978; this Semiprozine, which she edited throughout its existence (1977-1985), was remarkable both for the quality of stories it published and for its production values. She later assembled much of her best shorter work in Patterns: Stories (coll 1989), where its cumulative effect is very considerable; later stories appear in Home by ...

Champetier, Joël

(1957-2015) French-Canadian author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Le Chemin des Fleurs" ["The Way of the Flowers"] in Solaris for October 1981, and who published several sf and fantasy novels of interest in French from 1990. La Taupe et le Dragon (1990; rev 1999; trans Jean-Louis Trudel as The Dragon's Eye 1999) is set on a colony world founded and run by Chinese from a Hong Kong-like enclave; the complex plot – involving Earth attempts to control rebellious elements in ...

Hunt, Gill

A House Name used 1950-1952 by the UK paperback publisher Curtis Warren. The authors who used the name were John Brunner, David Arthur Griffiths, Denis Hughes, John Jennison and E C Tubb. Because it was Brunner's first book, Galactic Storm (1951) has become the best-known of the Hunt titles; it is not, however, significantly less routine than its stablemates. [JC]

Theobald, Robert

(1929-1999) Indian-born economist and author, in UK from 1945, in US from around 1960; an exponent of the need for alternative Technologies and strategies to survive the turn of the century (see Futures Studies); his several texts culminate in An Alternative Future for America's Third Century (1976). His sf novel, Teg's 1994: An Anticipation of the Near Future (1972) with J M Scott, carries on these concerns through a series of dialogues between George Orwell-Fellowship-winner Teg and various ...

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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