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Powell, Gareth L

(1970-    ) UK author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Shadows" in The Rosy Body Cross for 1989, and has published his forceful and populous if sometimes cartoonish shorter work fairly widely, a representative sample being assembled as The Last Reef and Other Stories (coll 2008). He is best known for the Ack-Ack Macaque series – the main sequence comprising Ack-Ack Macaque (2012), which won a BSFA Award for best novel, Hive Monkey (2013) and Macaque ...

Le Guin, Ursula K

(1929-2018) US author, based in Portland, Oregon, whose first novel was published in 1966; by 1970 she was already recognized as one of the most important writers within the field. Decades before her death, her reputation had extended far beyond the readership of Genre SF, while within the genre she was honoured with five Hugos and six Nebulas; as much attention has been paid to her by the academic community as to Philip K Dick. / Le Guin was the daughter of Dr Alfred Louis Kroeber ...

Trimble, Louis

(1917-1988) US author and academic, prolific in several genres including mysteries and Westerns – he wrote sixty-six novels by 1977 – but relatively little sf; his only sf short story was Probability (April 1954 If; 2010 ebook). His sf novels came later, in a spurt, beginning with the Anthropol Bureau tales – Anthropol (1968 dos) and The Noblest Experiment in the Galaxy (1970 dos) – and climaxing with The City Machine (1972), set on a colony planet, where the device that ...

Chaykin, Howard V

(1950-    ) US author/illustrator, mainly of Comics. Chaykin's first professional work was the 1973 art for Marvel Comics's War of the Worlds (a sequel to H G Wells's novel!) and DC Comics's Sword of Sorcery (which featured Fritz Leiber's Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser). Much of his work has been sf. He was writer/artist on Cody Starbuck and Iron Wolf before drawing the bestselling adaptation of Star Wars (1977) for Marvel in 1976. Chaykin teamed up with Samuel R Delany to ...

Daventry, Leonard

(1915-1987) UK author whose first sf novel, A Man of Double Deed (1965), began the Claus Coman series of tales set on an Earth partly recovered from nuclear Disaster and run by telepaths, one of whom, the protagonist, is assigned the task of solving various problems. The sequels, two book-length stories, were published together as Reflections in a Mirage, and The Ticking Is in Your Head (coll 1969) and later appeared separately as Reflections in a Mirage (1969) and The Ticking Is in Your Head ...

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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