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Wallace, F L

(1915-2004) US mechanical engineer and author who began publishing sf with "Hideaway" for Astounding in 1951, but was more strongly associated with Galaxy in the 1950s, the period of his greatest activity, where he quickly established a reputation for style, wit and emotional depth. Worlds in Balance (coll 1955) assembles two typical stories, but he never put together a full collection of his work, and left the field around 1960. In Address: Centauri (April 1952 Galaxy as "Accidental Flight"; ...

Meltzoff, Stanley

(1917-2006) US commercial artist who became best known for his paintings of game fish and underwater scenes. He worked in oils, and in the 1950s produced a series of influential paperback sf covers in realistic mode for the Signet imprint of New American Library. These included the 1953 paperbacks of Isaac Asimov's The Currents of Space (October-December 1952 Astounding; 1952) and A E van Vogt's Destination: Universe (coll 1952); his cover for Robert A Heinlein's The Puppet Masters ...

Moulder, Victor

(1867-1949) US author of a Lost Race novel, Ophiris; Or, the Ophir of Solomon: A Story of Adventure & Love in the Land of the Incas (1902), set as its subtitle implies in the mountains of Brazil and Peru, and incorporating some occult Solomonic material. [JC]

Cannell, Stephen J

(1941-2010) US television producer, actor and scriptwriter, prolific in all these areas, much involved over the years in various manifestations of The Rockford Files; some of his work is horror. Of his fiction, mostly detective thrillers, Final Victim: A Novel (1996) is a noirish Near Future sf tale in which Cyberspace is inhabited by both a killer with a telegenic personality disorder, and by the team of protagonists – each with a special power – who hunt him down just in time. ...

De Haven, Tom

(1949-    ) US author who began publishing sf with his first novel, Freaks' Amour (1979), set in 1988 among a group of Mutants created by an atomic mishap, and following their lives as itinerant performers. A similar inclination to place a large connected cast in a surreally threatening world impels the otherwise very different Derby Dugan sequence – comprising Funny Papers (1985), Derby Dugan's Depression Funnies (1996) and Dugan Under Ground (2001) – a kind of ...

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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