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Bennett, Robert Jackson

(1984-    ) US author whose first novel, Mr Shivers (2010), a supernatural thriller, plunges into what would become his dominant focus of interest: the Matter of America. In this tale, a man whose child has been murdered becomes a hobo in order to track down the eponymous creature responsible for this and other similar deaths, riding the rails of 1930s America in his quest for "justice" (see Crime and Punishment); Bennett portrays the troubled land with a melodramatic but ...

Eggleton, Bob

(1960-    ) US illustrator who has worked in the sf field since 1984 when he did his first book cover, for Baen Books. He has worked for a number of publishers since then. For his paintings he normally uses acrylic. He has quite a wide range – fantasy and horror as well as sf – but is especially known for his space and Spaceship paintings, which are at once interestingly detailed and sweepingly romantic. His popularity has been growing since the late 1980s; from ...

Air Wonder Stories

US letter-size Pulp magazine, 11 issues, July 1929-May 1930, Stellar Publishing Corporation, edited by Hugo Gernsback, managing editor David Lasser. / This was a prompt comeback by Gernsback after the filing of bankruptcy proceedings against his Experimenter Publishing Company, with which he had founded Amazing Stories. Air Wonder Stories announced itself in its first editorial as presenting "solely flying stories of the future, strictly along scientific-mechanical-technical lines ... to ...

Dalcher, Christina

(?1968-    ) US theoretical linguist and author whose first novel Vox (2018) intensifies (if possible) the Dystopian nightmare of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale (1985) through the depiction of a Near Future America where females are allowed to speak only 100 words a day; the penalties for disobedience are sadistic (see Crime and Punishment; Feminism; Women in SF). A certain allegorical thinness typical of Mainstream Writers of SF is both abandoned and affirmed in the ...

Bizarre

US Semiprozine. 1 issue (January 1941), edited by Walter E Marconette and J Chapman Miske, effectively a continuation of Marconette's earlier Fanzine Scienti-Snaps. Professional in appearance, with a colour cover by Hannes Bok, it is noted primarily for publishing for the first time the original but previously unused ending of A Merritt's novel Dwellers in the Mirage (23 January-27 February 1932 Argosy; 1932; rev 1953), which ending has since become the standard. Bizarre also ran a discussion ...

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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