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Rush

Canadian rock band comprising Geddy Lee (1953-    ), Alex Lifeson (1953-    ) and Neil Peart (1952-2020). Their roots were in straightforward blues-rock, but their more prog-oriented second album Fly By Night (1975) made apparent the influence of the individualist ideology of Ayn Rand: the track "Anthem" from that album adapts sentiments, though not the storyline, from Rand's "objectivist" sf novel Anthem (1938; cut 1946) into a rock song (a cultural ...

Tall, Stephen

Pseudonym of US biology professor and author Compton Newby Crook (1908-1981), who began his writing career under various undisclosed pseudonyms in the 1930s; none of this early work, which has not been satisfactorily traced, seems to have been sf, which he began publishing as Tall with "The Lights on Precipice Peak" for Galaxy in October 1955. He did not begin to be active in the field until more than a decade later, becoming known initially for the Stardust sequence, beginning with The ...

Fusion Fragment

Canadian Online Magazine, first series low-paying, published by Apodis Publishing, Ottawa, and edited by Cavan Terrill. Its first issue was in March 2007 and it has appeared on roughly a quarterly schedule since then. It is one of the few webzines which states categorically that it only wants science fiction, and has no interest in fantasy or horror, although its sf tastes tend to the extreme, with preferences for Cyberpunk and Slipstream. Most of its fiction has been by promising hopefuls, ...

Wallace, John

(1892-1968) Australian author of Invasion (1940), a very Near Future tale about the danger of Invasion facing Australia. [JC]

Singularity

A singularity in Mathematics is a point where a graphed equation veers off towards infinity and ceases to give physically useful or meaningful results: hence the singularity point predicted at the heart of a Black Hole by theoretical models which assume the total mass must be compressed by Gravity into an infinitesimal volume whose gravitational attraction at close range approaches infinity. The Singularity, or technological Singularity, is a hypothetical point in time at which human Technology ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...



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