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Pseudonym of Scottish chemist and writer Jack D Stephen (1953- ), who was active in UK Fandom under his own name, and who began publishing work of genre interest with "The Face of the Waters", as by Jack Deighton, in New Worlds 2 (anth 1992) edited by David S Garnett. His only novel to date, A Son of the Rock: A Space Libretto (1997), which unusually combines Space Opera and Dystopia in its depiction of a interstellar culture based on the exploitation of other planets and races, and upon a manipulative obsession with the artificially sustained youthfulness (until ageing suddenly occurs) of its consumer citizens. At novel's end, a shift from Faster Than Light technology to Matter Transmiss...
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Rock band, identified as French although they were founded by Australian Daevid Allen (1938- ) and have included English and American as well as French members. Allen had been working in London in the late 1960s but, temporarily denied a visa, relocated to Paris and formed Gong with his partner, Gilli Smith (1933- ). The group's first album Magick Brother/Mystic Sister (1970) has a rather fairy, and indeed airy-fairy, vibe, inaugurating in rudimentary form the "Gong myth": a space pixie has travelled to the earth from his home, Planet Gong, in order to sing his "green songs". Allen's voice is unexceptional, although Smith's "space whispering", a mode of rangy yet intimate vocal improvi...
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(1951- ) US film producer, director and entrepreneur, his ambitions often undone by underbudgeting, but responsible for a vigorous burst of sf/fantasy/horror exploitation movies in the mid-1980s. His best works indicate a lively mind and a bizarre B-movie sensibility that has led to comparison with Roger Corman of the 1950s. He is the son of the exploitation film-maker Albert Band, whose productions include I Bury the Living (1956), and brother of the prolific film composer Richard Band. Charles Band produced his first film, Mansion of the Doomed (1976) – a mad-Scientist picture modelled on Georges Franju's Les Yeux sans Visage (1959) – at the age of 21, and directed his first, Crash! (19...
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Baseball is global in its impact and enjoys great popularity in countries as disparate as Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Japan; but the sport remains most deeply rooted in the United States, where it is still referred to commonly as the National Pastime (though, in fact, American football draws a much larger television audience). The sport has a rich history in American literature beginning in the late nineteenth century, from nonfiction game coverage by daily newspapers to Dime Novels by Zane Grey and others. Later work as include more modern, and influential, books as Roger Kahn's study of father-son relationships, The Boys of Summer (1972); Jim Bouton's controversially honest Ball Four...
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