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Forster, E M

(1879-1970) UK author, perhaps best known for the last two novels published in his lifetime, Howards End (1910) and A Passage to India (1924). The Celestial Omnibus, and Other Stories (coll 1911) assembles several fantasies of interest, usually driven by the presence of deities like Pan or Hermes, fatally etiolated after the Edwardian fashion, though in fact the title novelette,"The Celestial Omnibus" (January 1908 Albany Review), is itself a less demure example of pre-War Fantastika than it ...

Vivian, Herbert

(1865-1940) UK editor, journalist, historian and author, who wrote one book as by Jim Crow. The Book of Revelations of Jim Crow (coll 1912) as by Jim Crow contains Satirical nonfiction articles, some fantasticated. The Lamentations of a New Jeremiah: Translated out of the Original Tongues [for full title see Checklist below] (?1926) is a Near Future Satire against socialism. / The fantasy The Master-Sinner: A Romance (1901) as by "A Well-Known Author" has been wrongly attributed to Vivian: ...

Owings, Mark

(1945-2009) US bibliographer, fan and Small-Press publisher; with Jack L Chalker, he was involved for a period with Mirage Press, which published his magnum opus, The Index to the Science-Fantasy Publishers (1966 chap; rev 1966) with Jack L Chalker, a text later so vastly expanded as The Science-Fantasy Publishers: A Critical and Bibliographic History (1991) with Chalker that it constitutes a new title [for further iterations of this title, see Checklist]. In its mature form, Science-Fantasy ...

White, Tim

Working name of British artist Timothy Don White (1952-2020). After artistic training at the Medway College of Design from 1968 to 1972, White worked in advertising for two years before receiving assignments to paint book covers for (principally) New English Library and Science Fiction Monthly; his first commission was for the 1974 Transworld/Corgi SF Collector's Library paperback of The Other Side of the Sky (coll 1958) by Arthur C Clarke. His early paintings were often dominated by large, ...

Free, Colin

(1925-1996) Australian author whose The Soft Kill (1973), set in a totalitarian Near Future world in the depths of an Overpopulation crisis (an emphasis which clearly dates Free's concerns, as later in the twentieth century overpopulation became an issue more often ignored than confronted); the privileged few live in elevated Keeps. [JC]

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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