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Belgian prog-rock group with a classical chamber-music flavour, named, evidently, after Jules Verne, although the most obviously Vernean title in their discography, Le Retour du Captain Nemo (1993), is in fact a "greatest hits" collection. The band's first two albums Coulonneux (1979) and A Neuf (1981) are playful, witty and self-admittedly "Un Peu Pretentieux" ("a little pretentious", the title of a track on the second album). Later albums include the more rounded Ne Parlons Pas de Malheur ...

Baker, Scott

(1947-    ) US-born author, who spent much of his career in France; for most of that career he has written fantasy and horror, some of it with distinction; his only sf novel is his first book, Symbiote's Crown (1978), a slyly intelligent though uneasily metaphysical Space Opera involving intricate hegiras through Parallel Worlds. Its French edition won the 1982 Prix Apollo for best SF novel published in French. [JC]

Bérard, Cyprien

(?   -?   ) French journalist and author of whom little is known, beyond his opportunistic rehash of John Polidori' s The Vampyre (1819), initially thought to have been written by Lord Byron, the real life model who most resembled its protagonist, and the fact that he has sometimes been confused with Charles Nodier. Lord Ruthwen ou Les Vampires (1820; trans Brian Stableford as The Vampire Lord Ruthwen 2011), for which Nodier wrote an introduction which does not in ...

Wilber, Rick

Working name of US academic and author Richard Arnold Wilber (1948-    ), who began to publish work of genre interest with "Horatio Hornblower and the Songs of Innocence" (in Chrysalis 6, anth 1980, ed Roy Torgeson), and many of whose short stories have been assembled as Where Garagiola Waits and Other Baseball Stories (coll 1999), To Leuchars (coll 2001) and Rambunctious: Nine Tales of Determination (coll 2020), this last volume containing some powerfully elegiac tales with ...

Tarzan/Lone Ranger Adventure Hour, The

Animated tv series (1980-1982). Filmation Associates for CBS-TV. Produced by Don Christensen, Executive Produced by Norm Prescott and Lou Scheimer. Directors, writers uncertain. Uncertain number of 60-minute episodes whose individual segments vary in length. Colour. / This continued the Tarzan segment of Tarzan and the Super 7 (1979-1980) after its split into multiple series: Batman and the Super 7 (1980-1981) moved to NBC-TV without Tarzan, while Jason of Star Command (1979-1981) became a ...

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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