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Bonzo Dog Band, The

The Bonzo Dog Band, billed as The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band on their earliest singles and first album, was founded in 1962 by a group of art students including Vivian Stanshall (1943-1995) and joined in 1963 by Neil Innes (1944-2019). They combined various musical styles with surreal Humour anticipating Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969-1974); the band received widespread public attention when they performed on the children's Television comedy programme Do Not Adjust Your Set (1967-1969) ...

McDermot, Murtagh

Pseudonym of an unidentified UK or Irish author (?   -?   ) whose satirical Moon-voyage novel, A Trip to the Moon (1727 chap) [for subtitle see Checklist], describes various remarkable sights and beings, initially in the Fantastic Voyage mode of Jonathan Swift, as "McDermot" takes ship to Tenerife before undergoing his abrupt transit into space; the book is dedicated to Captain Lemuel Gulliver. The necessary propulsion for the latter part of his journey is provided ...

Doten, Mark

(1978-    ) US editor and author in whose first novel, The Infernal (2015), a feral child suffering burns is found in the ruins of contemporary Iraq. His American captors plug him into an interrogation device known as a Memex which is "guaranteed " to extract truth from its subjects, and he begins to speak in tongues, channelling various figures from Osama bin Laden to Mark Zuckerberg. The tale avoids any thin-concept understanding in terms of Genre SF, but can be read in ...

Côté, Denis

(1954-    ) Canadian author whose first two novels, marketed like their successors as juveniles, were Les Hockeyeurs cybernétiques (1983; trans lated by Jane Brierley as Shooting for the Stars 1990), a tale marked by a high degree of invention in its depiction of the adventures of the eponymous hockey player and a female journalist in Lost Ark, a Dystopia; further volumes in the Inactifs sequence include L'idole des inactifs ["A Star for the Idle Masses"] (1989), La ...

Taylor, Travis S

(1968-    ) US aerospace engineer, optician, broadcaster and author whose Hard SF Warp Speed sequence beginning with Warp Speed (2004) updates elements of the Edisonade as its multi-talented protagonist, named in part after Robert A Heinlein, creates a Hyperspace drive which opens the galaxy to an expanding human race; it also serves as a Weapon. The Tau Ceti Agenda sequence beginning with One Day on Mars (2007) is Military SF, with the government of Earth given the weight ...

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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