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Barry, Iris

(1895-1969) UK-born poet and author, in US from 1930; she lived with Wyndham Lewis for several years from around 1920, having two children with him. She was primarily a writer on film – D W Griffith: American Film Master (1940 chap) was published by the Museum of Modern Art in New York – and was also instrumental as an archivist for MOMA. In her sf novel, The Last Enemy (1929; vt Here Is Thy Victory 1930), involuntary Immortality afflicts humans in the south of England. [JC]

Don't Hug Me I'm Scared

UK puppet and animated webseries (2011-2019). This Is It. Created and directed by Joseph Pelling and Becky Sloan, Writers include Joseph Pelling and Becky Sloan. Voice cast includes Joseph Pelling, Becky Sloan and Baker Terry. Six 3-8 minute episodes, plus a pilot. Colour. / Three children's Television characters – Red Guy (Pelling), whose hair obscures his face; the self-explanatory Duck Guy (Terry) and the sort-of human looking Yellow Guy (Terry) – often find their quiet ...

Frey, James N

(1943-    ) US creative writing teacher (he has published manuals in that field) and author, not to be confused with Mark Washburn, one of whose novels, The Armageddon Game: A Novel of Suspense (1977), shares its main title with Frey's The Armageddon Game (1985) as J N Frey; only Washburn's tale verges on the fantastic. The Elixir (1986) is a Gothic-SF/fantasy story of Nazi Germany, where Hitler's secret weapon (see Hitler Wins) is the eponymous aid to Immortality. His ...

Yoshihara Rieko

(?   -    ) Japanese author and a key creator of the homoerotic subgenre known in Japan as shōnen ai ["boys' love"]. Yoshihara spent the first three years of her career writing straightforward homoerotic romance, before stumbling into sf, seemingly by accident, with the success of her signature work Ai no Kusabi (December 1986-October 1987 Shōsetsu June; 1990; trans as The Space Between 2007-2008 [see Checklist for details]). Originally published in ...

Gunnarsson, Thorarinn

Pseudonym of an unidentified US or Canadian author (?1957-    ) who has published mostly Fantasy like Song of the Dwarves (1988) and its sequel Revenge of the Valkyrie (1989), but began his career with the first volume of the Starwolves sequence – comprising The Starwolves (1988), Starwolves: Battle of the Ring (1989), Starwolves: Tactical Error (1991) and Starwolves: Dreadnought (1992) – which is rousing Space Opera, marshalling human warriors against a sentient ...

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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