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Jay, Victor

Pseudonym of Victor J Banis (1937-2019), who is perhaps best known for transgressive 1960s novels like The Affairs of Gloria (1964), which was unsuccessfully prosecuted for obscenity by officials in Sioux City, Iowa, and for The Man from C.A.M.P. sequence of gay detective novels. Early pseudonyms include Jay Vickery, under which he wrote one sf novel, Man Into Boy (1968), and the House Name J X Williams; in the 1970s he wrote gothic romances as by Jan Alexander and Lynn Benedict and other ...

Dank, Gloria Rand

(1955-    ) US author whose first novel, The Forest of App (1983), was a compact and intensely told Young Adult fantasy, in which the thinning of the old world is seen as fundamentally damaging to its survivors; the Galaxy Gang sequence of sf capers, written with her father, Milton Dank, is also designed for Young Adult readers, but lacks its predecessor's self-sufficient balance and grace. [JC]

Ferman, Edward L

(1937-    ) US editor, son of Joseph W Ferman; Ferman formally took over the editorship of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in January 1966, a post in which he remained until June 1991, having previously been managing editor since April 1962 under Avram Davidson and then his father. Under Ferman's editorship The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction generally prospered: for many years it was one of only two sf magazines – Astounding being the other, later ...

Wiltshire, David

(1935-    ) UK author of several novels for Robert Hale Limited including three Genre SF tales under his own name, beginning with The Homosaur (1978), and one as by John Bedford, The Titron Madness (1984). A BBC Television serial adaptation of his Horror in SF tale Child of Vodyanoi (1978; vt The Nightmare Man 1981) – featuring multiple killings on a Scottish Island by an apparent Alien from a UFO, actually its deranged Russian quasi-Cyborg pilot – was broadcast ...

Twohy, David

(1955-    ) US filmmaker, sometimes credited as David N Twohy or D T [sic] Twohy, best known for the Riddick series Pitch Black (2000), The Chronicles of Riddick (2004), and The Chronicles of Riddick: Dead Man Stalking (2013), and as one of the two writers actually credited on Waterworld (1995). He also wrote drafts of Alien³ (1992) – where his major contribution was the Prison-planet setting – worked on the screenplay of Impostor (2001) during its expansion ...

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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