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Samuelson, David N

(1939-    ) US sf critic and professor of English at California State University, Long Beach. His PhD dissertation (University of Southern California) was later published by Arno Press as a book, Visions of Tomorrow: Six Journeys from Outer to Inner Space (1975): it contains analyses of novels by Isaac Asimov, J G Ballard, Algis Budrys, Arthur C Clarke, Walter M Miller Jr and Theodore Sturgeon. His next book was Arthur C. Clarke: A Primary and Secondary Bibliography (1984). ...

Cronin, Justin

(1962-    ) US author whose first two novels have no fantastic content, but whose ongoing series, The Passage sequence comprising The Passage (2010), The Twelve (2012) and The City of Mirrors (2016), presents a complexly plotted set of interweaving stories, beginning in the Near Future, mainly in an America savagely afflicted by Pollution and Ecological degradation; a sudden Pandemic, whose source is a South American bat, creates Vampire-like creatures who transform this ...

Charyn, Jerome

(1937-    ) US author who was born and educated in New York, which city he gradually transformed in his fiction into a Magic-Realist venue whose mythopoeic resonances and exorbitant happenings hover (see Equipoise) at the edge of generic displacements (and beyond), and strongly prefigure the fabulated New York of writers like John Crowley and Mark Helprin. Metropolis: New York as Myth, Marketplace, and Magical Land (1986) powerfully realizes New York in nonfiction terms, ...

Adams, Norman

(1933-2014) US illustrator, active from the early 1950s, often signing his work Adams, which has occasionally led to some confusion with the work of Tom Adams, as both specialized in trompe l'oeil effects, in both cases sometimes startlingly effective. Adams may be best known for his cover for the first edition of Larry Niven's World of Ptavvs; the image itself closely replicates his cover for an 1963 UK reprint, as The Time of Infinity, of half of August Derleth's The Outer Reaches (anth ...

Bounds, Sydney J

(1920-2006) UK author, active in various fields from the late 1940s, publishing his first Horror fantasy, "Strange Portrait" in the sole issue of Outlands in Winter 1946. Some early short Space Opera in Authentic and New Worlds appeared 1953-1955 as by George C Duncan. He built a considerable (and well-respected) oeuvre of short fiction in various genres, examples of which have been assembled as The Best of Sydney J Bounds, Volume One: Strange Portrait and Other Stories (coll 2003) edited ...

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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