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Holst, Gustav

(1874-1934) British composer, of Latvian and Swedish extraction. Holst trained at the Royal College of Music and, partly on account of his socialist and vegetarian beliefs, met many important figures of the turn of the twentieth century, amongst them H G Wells and William Morris. Much of his music reflected his Indian-influenced spirituality: for instance his choral fantasia The Cloud Messenger (1912), based on Khalidasa's sixth-century Sanskrit poem Meghaduta concerning a sentient cloud that ...

Kelly, John

(?   -?   ) South African author of a Future War tale, The Coming Revolt of the Transvaal (1891 chap), in which England invades South Africa in 1894. [JC]

Helfers, John

(1972-    ) US author, editor and military historian, married to Kerrie L Hughes, who began to publish work of genre interest with "Blood Ghost" in Phantoms of the Night (anth 1996) edited by Richard Gilliam and Martin H Greenberg. He subsequently edited many Anthologies, mostly in collaboration with Greenberg, beginning with Black Cats and Broken Mirrors (anth 1998) with Martin H Greenberg. / Most of Helfers's novels are Ties to various Shared World franchises; the ...

Ardies, Tom

(1931-    ) US author, mostly of crime fiction, whose borderline Near Future Sparrow sequence – Their Man in the White House (1971), This Suitcase Is Going to Explode (1972) and Pandemic (1973), the Pandemic in question being an almost universally fatal manufactured flu – sees America at risk of Russian skulduggery, though Charlie Sparrow stands in the way. [JC]

Road, The

Film (2009). Dimension Films and 2929 Productions present a Nick Wechsler/Chockstone Pictures production. Directed by John Hillcoat. Written by Joe Penhall, based on The Road (2006) by Cormac McCarthy. Cast includes Robert Duvall, Viggo Mortensen, Guy Pearce, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Charlize Theron and Michael K Williams. 111 minutes. Colour. / A father and son struggle to survive in a Near Future blighted by worldwide Ecological collapse. / McCarthy's narrative is faithfully reproduced in ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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