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Gould, F J

(1855-1938) UK author of numerous works in which he espoused an agnostic philosophy. His sf novel, The Agnostic Island (1891), a very lightly fictionalized satire on Utopia, exposes some Christian missionaries to a society which threatens their beliefs. [JC]

Who, The

Highly regarded UK rock band, formed in 1964 by guitarist and songwriter Peter Townshend (1945-    ), vocalist Roger Daltrey (1944-    ), bassist John Entwhistle (1944-2002) and drummer Keith Moon (1946-1978). The Who's blues and rock grounding is evident in a range of skilfully noisy and slyly affecting songs about teenage disaffection, some of the most enduring in the rock-and-roll canon. But Townshend's ambition from an early stage was to write ...

Front Mission

Videogame series (from 1999). Initially Square (SQ), later Square Enix (SE). Designed by Toshiro Tsuchida. / Front Mission is a series of Console Role Playing Games (see Computer Role Playing Games) which emphasize turn-based tactical combat and strong, often multilinear, plots (see Interactive Narrative). To date, only three members of the main series have been released outside Japan: Front Mission (1995 SQ, SNES, 2002 rev vt Front Mission 1st SE, WS; 2003 PS1; 2007 NDS, vt Front Mission ...

International Science Fiction

US Digest-size magazine. Two issues, November 1967 and June 1968, published by Galaxy Publishing Corp, edited by Frederik Pohl. The interesting idea of reprinting stories from all over the world – authors ranging from Arkady Strugatski (Russia) through Hugo Correa (Chile) to Damien Broderick (Australia) – sadly but unsurprisingly met with no success. [FHP/PN] links / Galactic Central illustrated checklist

Chesley Awards

The annual Chesley Awards recognize art and Illustration in the fields of sf, fantasy and horror and are named for the artist Chesley Bonestell. Their administrating organization, whose members nominate and vote in the various categories, is ASFA – the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists. Details of the Chesleys' origins are lost to history; it is not even known if the awards were part of the original plan when ASFA was set up or if the idea came later. All that is known ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...

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