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Fies, Brian

(?   -    ) US cartoonist and author whose Graphic Novel, Whatever Happened to The World of Tomorrow? (graph 2009), dramatizes the American dream of a Technology-led drive towards a Utopian future centred on a continuous move into space. The narrative traces from 1939 on a recognizable sf advocacy of early Future History, and contains several inserted tales from an imaginary Space Opera Comic-book, Space Age Adventures between 1939 and 1975, featuring ...

Zappa, Frank

(1940-1993) US composer, singer and guitarist. Of Zappa's seventy-five albums (many credited to "Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention") some include references to Pulp-magazine heroics and monstrosities that are recognizably sf. Zappa was always happiest juxtaposing avant-garde classical, experimental, chart-pop and popular culture more generally, as in his extended jazz-fusion "King Kong" (on Uncle Meat, 1969), a version, obviously, of King Kong. Joe's Garage (1978) is a sprawling rock ...

Ōhara Mariko

(1959-    ) Japanese author whose characterization of her own later work as Widescreen Baroque aptly summarizes its poetic whimsy and operatic breadth. However, she has been more influential as a writer on matters of Feminism and Transgender SF, particularly in several Cyberpunk-era speculations on gender ambiguity. Many of her characters are vehicles of constant and exponential consumption, a severe critique of the dangers of hyper-capitalism. As one of the most prominent ...

Mandeville, Colin

Pseudonym used by UK economist and author Anthony Dalston Dawson (1927-    ) for his novel, The Last Days of New York (1980), in which unbalanced speculative profligacy (see Economics) sufficiently undermines New York for the city to collapse. [JC]

Tales of the Unanticipated

US letter-size Semiprozine, known affectionately as ToTU, which was originally published by the Minnesota Science Fiction Society from Fall 1986, but became an independent magazine from issue #24 (July 2003). It has been edited throughout by Eric M Heideman. For the first eighteen issues it appeared at the rate of roughly three issues every two years; the schedule became annual from August 1998, switching to a slightly smaller, near-standard format (9.75 x 7.5 in; 245 x 190mm) from issue #20 ...

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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