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Dickson, Gordon R

(1923-2001) Canadian-born author, resident in the USA since age 13, becoming a US citizen many decades before his death. He was educated (along with Poul Anderson) at the University of Minnesota, taking his BA in English in 1948, and remained in Minnesota. After World War Two he re-established the Minneapolis Fantasy Society, with Anderson a central participant (Clifford D Simak was also involved at some point in the ...

Shores, Louis

(1904-1981) US librarian and author born Louis Steinberg, who changed his name to Shores in 1926; most of his published work was in library science. Of some sf interest is Looking Forward (1972), a lightly-fictionalized Future History in which America goes through a time of troubles, emerging triumphant during the 1990s. [JC]

Minamiyama Hiroshi

Pseudonym of Yū Mori (1936-    ), Japanese translator, author and editor. An early contributor to the Fanzine Uchūjin while still a student of German literature at the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, he dropped out of college after being offered a job at the publisher Hayakawa Shobō through an introduction by Takumi Shibano. Working under ...

Cullingworth, N J

(1947-    ) UK author of Dodos of Einstein (1976), a routine sf novel for Robert Hale Limited whose protagonists investigates the activities of the world Computer. [JC]

Wachowski, Lana

(1965-    ) US filmmaker known until 2008 as Laurence (Larry) Wachowski, who regularly works in partnership with younger sister Lilly (formerly Andy) Wachowski (1967-    ). The team came to attention in the early 1990s with their coarsely satirical Horror script Carnivore; this was not filmed, but landed them the writing of action flop Assassins (1995), on the back of which they pitched producer Joel ...

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 ...

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