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SF Music

This article is in two parts: 1, Science Fiction in Classical Music; 2, Science Fiction in Popular Music. For discussion of music as it is portrayed in sf, see Music. / 1. Science fiction in classical music / The fullest interaction between sf and music is in the broad sense a twentieth-century phenomenon, although there are various examples of earlier classical music that treats of or finds aural structure for sf, some of it surprisingly early. It is fair to say that sf music, broadly, ...

Holt-White, W

(1878-1937) UK journalist, film producer – he was the Head of the Editorial Department for a UK propaganda newsreel, The War Office Official Topical Budget in 1917 and 1918 – and author in various genres, in which capacity he produced nine novels of interest. In The Earthquake: A Romance of London in 1907 (1906) a ruined London is taken in hand by an aristocratic Prime Minister; Holt-White explicitly stated that he based the tale on the San Francisco earthquake of 1906. In The Man ...

Richardson, Benjamin Ward

(1828-1896) UK physician and author, eminent in the former capacity, for which he was knighted in 1893. He published and edited many medical studies, and pioneered the development of safe anaesthetics; an offshoot of these activities was the nonfictional Hygeia: A City of Health (1876), which describes a Utopia whose hygiene is spotless. As an author of fiction, he is some sf interest for The Son of a Star: A Romance of the Second Century (1888 3vols), set in second-century Roman Britain, in ...

Palmer, Jane

(1946-    ) UK author and illustrator who began writing sf with the Moosevan sequence – comprising The Planet Dweller (1985), Moving Moosevan (1990), Duckbill Soup (2011) and Brassica Park (2018) – which presents a comic set of Parodies of sf Clichés as the giant Shapeshifting Alien known as Moosevan generates wide apprehension that an Invasion has been mounted; in the third volume, the exiled human race has been moved to Titan (see Outer Planets), which ...

Warren, J Thomas

(?   -?   ) US author of a Lost Race tale, The Oronoco Chief; Or, the Fortunes of a Diamond Locket: A Story of Adventure in South America (1864), which is set in Venezuela, and involves banditry and the theft of relics from the interior. [JC]

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...

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