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Miller, Steve

(1950-2024) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Shalgiel" for Flux Magazine in 1976, one of his few solo works, as he soon began collaborating with Sharon Lee with "The Naming of Kinzel: The Foolish" (June 1984 Fantasy Book); all his novels have been with Lee, primarily the Liaden Universe sequence of Space Opera tales, set in expansive (though not adventurously ...

Čapek, Josef

(1887-1945) Painter, cartoonist, author and playwright born in the former Austria-Hungary of Czech parentage, older brother of Karel Čapek. As a painter he was active from around 1900, his work soon showing Cubist influences, moving in the 1920s towards representational idioms, which he sampled variously; though he published in his own right, his pre-World War One career as a writer was mostly conducted in collaboration ...

Lusk, Sean

(?   -    ) UK political scientist and author, initially of nonfantastic short fiction, including A Flood in the Yucatan (2017). He is of some sf interest for a Steampunk tale, The Second Sight of Zachary Cloudesley (2022), set in an Alternate World version of eighteen-century Europe, with the action moving to Constantinople. The protagonist's second sight (see ...

Carter, P Youngman

(1904-1969) UK artist, editor, illustrator and author, active from the early 1920s, early work including a cover for Blackkerchief Dick (1923) by Margery Allingham; they were married from 1927 until her death, after which he completed her final (nonfantastic) novel in the Albert Campion detective series and wrote two more as Youngman Carter. The first of these, Mr Campion's Farthing (1969), based on an outline by ...

Ward, Joy

(?   -    ) US author of the Young Adult Haint: A Tale of Extraterrestrial Intervention and Love Across Time and Space (2005), in which after aeons of mutual adaptation, survivors of doglike Aliens (who have become domestic canines) and Homo sapiens roam the Ruined Earth, which has been devastated by ...

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 a long sf-tinged poem, "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly); he only began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and sf proper with ...

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