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Owen, Walter

(1884-1953) Scottish translator, poet and author, who published his early poetry privately as by Gauthier de St Ouen, the only title surviving in general catalogues being The Sonnets of G S O: A Memorial (coll 1940); in 1902 he emigrated to Buenos Aires, Argentina, and apart from occasional excursions elsewhere remained there for the rest of his life; he was a Theosophist (see Theosophy). His translations from the Spanish are highly regarded. His World War One novella, The Cross of Carl: An ...

Dream Theater

US prog rock band, formed in 1985 by guitarist John Petrucci (1967-    ), bassist John Ro Myung (1967-    ) and Michael Portnoy (1967-    ). Their first album When Dream and Day Unite (1989) is an energetic reworking of classic 1970s prog-rock musical idiom, and included the long song "The Killing Hand", which concerns a future war between an evil genius and a messiah-figure. The various tracks on Images and Words (1992) include, ...

Total Annihilation

Videogame (1997). Cavedog Entertainment (CE). Designed by Chris Taylor. Platforms: Win (1997); Mac (1999). / Total Annihilation is a Real Time Strategy game, noted for its innovative design. It introduced many new features to the gameplay seen in previous RTS games such as Command & Conquer: Tiberian Dawn (1995) (see Command & Conquer), including three-dimensional landscapes with lines of fire affected by terrain elevation and the ability of combatants to take cover behind ...

Jarry, Alfred

(1873-1907) French author who carried the fruits of his scientific education into his surreal avant-garde writing, particularly the influence of the French evolutionary philosopher Henri Bergson (1859-1941). Jarry's famous play Ubu roi [for subtitle see Checklist] (performed 1896; 1896; trans 1951) and its several sequels including "Ubu enchaîné" (1900 Revue Blanche; trans B Keith and G Legman as King Turd 1953) – helped found the Theatre of the Absurd, and he created the ...

Pease, Tom

(?   -    ) US author of Pudoria (1961), a Near Future Utopia, with some authoritarian implications: financial transactions are abhorred; money itself cannot be mentioned; free love (see Sex) is openly practised. [JC]

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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