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Yes

UK prog-rock band, comprising vocalist Jon Anderson, guitarist Steve Howe (1947-    ), keyboard player Rick Wakeman, bassist Chris Squire (1948-2015) and drummer Alan White (1949-2022). Yes's brand of prog has always veered towards the mystic-cosmic-astrological, and music therefore that, however technically well-made, is often dippy and rather wet. It is true that they started as a harder-edged band (their 1969 eponymous debut album is full of a fierce guitar-edged energy), ...

Monster Magnet

American rock band formed in New Jersey in 1989. There have been several line-up changes: the original members were Dave Wyndorf, Tim Cronin and John McBain; by 1993 only Wyndorf, the main creative force and songwriter, remained. The group's sound is stoner rock, being musically influenced by such early 1970s bands as Black Sabbath and Hawkwind. / Marvel Comics are a clear inspiration (one track is named "Ego the Living Planet", whilst the lyrics to "Mindless Ones" reference the Doctor ...

Splatter Movies

Term used by 1980s movie-goers to describe films that display gore, disembowelment and mutilation as a central feature. Many exploitation films of the 1970s and 1980s fall into this category, including such fringe sf/Horror movies as Bad Taste (1987), Day of the Dead (1985), Re-Animator (1985) and The Thing (1982 remake). By no means all such films are bad, though all may be ethically suspect in their apparent appeal to sadistic voyeurism. [PN] see also: FJA's Monsterland; Media Magazines. / ...

Priest, Cherie

(1975-    ) US author who began publishing with the first volume of her Eden Moore sequence of Southern Gothic horror novels, comprising Four and Twenty Blackbirds (2003; exp rev Four and Twenty Blackbirds 2005), Wings to the Kingdom (2006) and Not Flesh Nor Feathers (2007); the series, circling around a young girl who becomes a woman while remaining sensitive to ghosts, focuses sharply on the complicity of fundamental Christianity in creating the heated world Eden Moore ...

Coppel, Alfred

Working name of US author (and wartime fighter pilot) Alfredo José de Araña-Marini y Coppel Jr (1921-2004) who also wrote as Robert Cham Gilman and Sol Galaxan (for one story only, 1953). He began publishing sf with "Age of Unreason" for Astounding in December 1947, and published a good deal of magazine fiction in the next decade, though he was in fact producing considerably more in other genres with such action novels as Hero Driver (1954). His first sf novel was Dark December ...

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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