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Kinross, Albert

(1870-1929) UK soldier, editor, journalist and author in various genres, of sf interest for The Fearsome Island: Being a Modern Rendering of the Narrative of one Silas Fordred, Master Mariner of Hythe, Whose Shipwreck and Subsequent Adventures Are Herein Set Forth, Also an Appendix Accounting in a Rational Manner for the Seeming Marvels that Silas Fordred Encountered During his Sojourn on the Fearsome Island of Don Diego Rodriguez (1896), the subtitle being explanatory. The recently discovered ...

Morrissey, Dean W

(1951-2021) American artist, latterly most often credited as Dean Morrissey. The self-trained Morrissey began his professional career with three covers for Dragon magazine in 1978, 1979, and 1980, and in 1986 he started to receive regular assignments to paint book covers. His covers for Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois's anthology Sorcerers! (anth 1986) and John Morressy's five-volume Kedrigern series introduce a recurring figure in his work, the elderly wizard with a large white beard, also ...

Lore, Pittacus

House Name owned by James Frey (1969-    ) – not to be confused with James N Frey – a serially controversial author and screenwriter whose works include the heavily fabricated addiction memoir A Million Little Pieces (2003) and the contemporary Messiah fantasy The Final Testament of the Holy Bible (2011). The Lore house name is associated with his Young Adult "fiction factory" Full Fathom Five, whose contractual terms have attracted further notoriety. Pittacus ...

Shared Worlds

Stories and novels written by different hands but sharing a setting are in this encyclopedia called shared-world stories. They are usually (but not always) published as contributions to original-Anthology series, in turn usually (but not always) edited by the creator(s) of the original setting, who also controls the "bible". This "bible" is a set of rules controlling a shared world by defining the roles, actors, venues, genres, plots and significance of any story written within that world, and ...

Elliott, Elton T

(1956-    ) US author, editor, reviewer and publisher whose solo sf debut was "Lighting Candles on the River Styx" (March 1991 Amazing). His early novel-length work appeared in the 1980s in collaboration with Richard E Geis, under the pseudonym Richard Elliott (whom see for discussion of these books). Written in collaboration with Doug Odell, Elliott's Prince of Europe (2009) is the first part of the Nanoclone trilogy of thrillers exploring the physical and political ...

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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