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Squires, Susan

(?   -    ) US author, mostly of paranormal romances of little direct sf interest, though some of her tales competently incorporate sf into the surge, an example being the Near Future Body Electric (2002), whose disaffected female protagonist creates an AI whose personality inhabits a Cyberpunk-inflected Virtual Reality. Very little of the Vampire Companion Universe series of linked tales – beginning with The Companion (2005) and moving to a different ...

Seidel, Frederick

(1936-    ) US poet active from the end of the 1950s, his Poetry being highly contentious from the beginning of his career when his first book, Final Solutions (coll 1963 chap), was rejected for publication after winning a YMCA-funded contest judged by Louise Bogan, Stanley Kunitz and Robert Lowell. The three judges resigned in protest; and Seidel's at times scatologically Satirical response to American organized Religion and Politics only grew harsher with time. His verse ...

London, Alex

(1980-    ) US author who is of sf interest for his first series, the Young Adult Proxy sequence comprising Proxy (2013) and Guardian (2014), which is set in an undetermined venue in an unspecified Near Future City surrounded by wilderness and structured as a rigid hierarchy. The two protagonists – one a privileged Patron and one a Proxy who must submit to all the penalties incurred by his "twin" (see Crime and Punishment; Doppelganger; Slavery) – find themselves ...

Bleiler, Everett F

(1920-2010) US editor, bibliographer and critic who for many years remained best known as the compiler of The Checklist of Fantastic Literature: A Bibliography of Fantasy, Weird and Science Fiction Books Published in the English Language (1948; rev vt The Checklist of Science-Fiction and Supernatural Fiction 1978), which Shasta Publishers was founded to produce. The Checklist, which lists 5000 books from the period 1800-1948, soon became recognized as a cornerstone of modern sf Bibliography, ...

Tomino Yoshiyuki

(1941-    ) Japanese author, Anime director and sometime lyricist (as by Rin Iogi), whose career spans the entire history of animation on Television in the twentieth century and into the twenty-first. Some of his other pseudonyms include Minoru Yokitani, and Manami Asa. A graduate of the Nihon University of the Arts, he joined Osamu Tezuka's Mushi Production as an animator on Astro Boy. He left in the late 1960s to work as an art lecturer and commercial filmmaker, but was ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...

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