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Irwin, Robert

(1946-2024) UK academic, mediaevalist, professional juggler (briefly) and author whose work in Arabian studies, of importance in itself, underpins the world envisioned in his first and most famous novel, The Arabian Nightmare (1983; rev 1987), which may be the definitive rendering of its central conceit: a mise en abyme-like dream narrative whose protagonist, upon seeming to awaken, only finds himself passing out of one story through a Portal into a deeper dream [for ...

Monster Fantasy

Letter-size perfect-bound Cinema magazine printed on cheap newsprint. Published by Mayfair Publications Incorporated. Editor: Tony Tallarico. Four issues, April to August 1975; initially bimonthly with the final issue claiming a monthly schedule. / This companion publication to Quasimodo's Monster Magazine differed somewhat from its parent in that each issue featured a "book" of sorts on a specific theme such as ...

Valente, Catherynne M

(1979-    ) US editor, fancaster, poet and author, born Bethany Thomas, Valente apparently being her legal name, who won a Rhysling Award for her long poem, "The Seven Devils of Central California" (Summer 2007 Farrago's Wainscot); she began to publish prose work of genre interest with "Exsanguinations: A Handbook for the Educated Vampire by Anna S Oppenhagen-Petrescu" in By Blood We Live (anth ...

Jarrett, Cora

Working name of Cora Hardy Jarrett (1877-1969), who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Latch-Key" (December 1928 Vanity Fair) as by Faraday Keene. Her novel Strange Houses: A Tale (1936) features a scientific experiment – psychic rather than technological – that brings about Identity Exchange between two women, one middle-aged and the other a nineteen-year-old striptease dancer. [DRL]

Preston, H

Pseudonym used for fiction by US technical author Henry Preston Nail (1931-2012), author of Project Deep Space (2000), set in the moderately distant Near Future as private corporations finally provide the impetus to launch Homo sapiens into interstellar space; the Invention of successively more efficient Spaceship drives is focused upon. [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. He began to publish work of genre interest with an sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" in Triquarterly for Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959]; he began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and later in ...



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