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Cartier, Edd

Working name of US illustrator Edward Daniel Cartier (1914-2008). After graduating in 1936 from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, Cartier was hired by Street & Smith to work on their Pulp magazines, notably The Shadow (see The Shadow). His skills were noticed by John W Campbell Jr, who began using him in the new magazine Unknown, for which Cartier did over 200 black-and-white interiors and five covers. For many readers Cartier's combination of whimsy and menace summed up the unique ...

Pagetti, Carlo

(1945-    ) Italian critic, since 1971 Professor of English Literature, first at the University of "G. D'Annunzio", Pescara-Chieti, then in other Italian universities: Siena, Bergamo, Turin, and most recently Milan, where he has taught since 1995, occupying several roles. He coordinated the doctoral program in English studies from its founding until 2005. / His Il senso del futuro: la fantascienza nella letteratura Americana ["The Meaning of the Future: Science Fiction ...

Dyer, Alfred

(?   -    ) UK author known only for two unremarkable sf adventures for Robert Hale Limited: The Symbiotic Mind (1980) and The Gabriel Inheritance (1981). [JC]

Gathorne-Hardy, Jonathan

(1933-2019) Scottish author who also worked in advertising and publishing; he was best known for biographies and works of social history. His many books include some of genre interest, such as Chameleon (1967), a fantasy about a Shapeshifting executive in an oil company, The Centre of the Universe Is 18 Baedekerstrasse (coll 1985), the title novella of which is sf, and Particle Theory: A Novel (1996), a surreal metaphysical discourse set in a variety of Parallel Worlds. The Jane's Adventures ...

Chetwynd, Bridget

(1910-1970) UK author, mother of Tom Chetwynd; in her sf novel, Future Imperfect (1946), women run the world (see Feminism), leaving men behind, though romantic elements intervene. [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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