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Roberts, John Maddox

(1947-    ) US author, prolific in the later 1980s, who has also written nonfantastic novels as by Mark Ramsay. His first sf novel, The Strayed Sheep of Charun (1977; rev vt Cestus Dei 1983), is an action-packed romance set on a medievalized planet in which Jesuits and others attempt to reform the violence which is the planet's (and novel's) raison d'être. There followed a variety of work, all adventure fiction – whose style is perhaps best described as brisk ...

Chesley Awards

The annual Chesley Awards recognize art and Illustration in the fields of sf, fantasy and horror and are named for the artist Chesley Bonestell. Their administrating organization, whose members nominate and vote in the various categories, is ASFA – the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists. Details of the Chesleys' origins are lost to history; it is not even known if the awards were part of the original plan when ASFA was set up or if the idea came later. All that is known ...

Perkins, Penny

(1962-    ) US author of Bob Bridges: An Apocalyptic Fable (1999), scattily Equipoisal between sf and Beast Fable [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below], whose Computer programmer eponym has been predicting nuclear Holocaust, a vision confirmed by a cockroach from the Far Future, long after the Ruined Earth has been healed by cockroaches. The telling of the tale competently evokes authors as dissimilar as Donald Harrington (1935-2009), author of The Cockroaches ...

Ross, David D

(1955-    ) US author who began publishing sf with his Dreamers of the Day sequence – The Argus Gambit (1989) and The Eighth Rank (1991) – which complicatedly traces the political and cultural consequences of a twenty-first-century Ecological mystery that first threatens South American crops, then presages a possible worldwide Disaster. The seriousness with which he undertakes the task of underlining the nature of the problems faced by humanity in the Near Future ...

Clute, Judith

(1942-    ) Canadian artist, in the UK from 1969; married to John Clute from 1964. Her work as an illustrator of fantastic fiction has been of less importance than her work as a painter and etcher, though she has done interior work for various magazines, and covers from the 1970s for books by various authors including John Clute, Colin Greenland, Joe Haldeman, Elizabeth Hand, Joanna Russ, Henry Wessells and Gary K Wolfe. When it succeeds, this work is illuminative of the ...

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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