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Karinthy, Frigyes

(1887-1938) Hungarian translator and author, best known for his work outside the sf field, mostly humorous Satires first published as newspaper feuilletons; he also translated into Hungarian works by Jonathan Swift and Mark Twain, among others; father of Ferenc Karinthy. His untranslated first story, first published in an unidentified periodical and seemingly never translated, was visibly written under the influence of Jules Verne. His two continuations of Swift's Gulliver's Travels (1726; rev ...

Nervous Norvus

Performing name of US musician Jimmy Drake (1912-1968). Nervous Norvus's cheery rockabilly enjoyed a degree of US success in the 1950s, and he released inter alia a number of goofy science-fictional songs. Amongst these are "The Fang" (1956, credited to "Nervous Norvus and Red Blanchard & The Smogrollers") about a trip to Mars to meet some girls, "The Lean Green Vegetable Fiend (From 'Tuther Side of the Moon)" (1962) and "Kibble Kobble (The Flying Saucer Song)" (1962), both of whose titles ...

Monteleone, Thomas F

(1946-    ) US author active in sf since 1972, first with book reviews in Amazing, then with short stories, beginning with "Wendigo's Child" for Monster Tales (anth 1973) edited by Roger Elwood. nine of them (plus a play) are collected in Dark Stars, and Other Illuminations (coll 1981). These were more ambitious than most of his work at novel length, which is undemanding adventure fiction, starting with Seeds of Change (1975); this is of interest in that, as the first of the ...

Williams, Henry Livingston

(1842-?   ) US playwright, translator and author, of sf interest for two examples of the Dime-Novel SF Edisonade, in the Tom Edison, Jr sequence usually written by Philip Reade: Tom Edison Jr's Air-Ship in Australia; Or, in Search of a Golden Treasure (1892 chap), which features Edison and his submersible Airship in adventures involving stolen gold; and Tom Edison's Electric Eagle; Or, in Search of a Mountain of Gold (1892 chap), in which, in a different ship, he discovers a Lost ...


UK synth-pop band, who as "Ultravox!" (with exclamation mark) released a first eponymous album Ultravox! (1977). A modishly alienated work that uses synthesizers in a doomy and rather melodramatic manner, it nevertheless achieves some atmospheric moments, as in the urban noir of "Saturday Night In The City of the Dead", or the Robot-themed "I Want To Be A Machine". This last song, one of the band's early successes, situates itself in a subordinate relationship to Kraftwerk's cyborg electronica ...

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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