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Hagio Moto

(1949-    ) Japanese artist, often described as the "founding mother" of modern Japanese comics for girls, regarded, along with Keiko Takemiya, as the epicentre of the Year 24 Group of influential female Manga creators (see Women SF Writers). Much of the style of Hagio's early output was born from her attempts to circumvent restrictions; she produced relatively tame works for Kōdansha magazines, before being lured to Shōgakukan by editors ready to publish the more ...

Defoe, Gideon

(1976-    ) UK author whose very Young Adult Pirates! sequence beginning with The Pirates!: An Adventure with Scientists (2004), spoofishly but entertainingly engages an incompetent pirate band – whose banter shows the influence of Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969-1974) – in various adventures back and forth throughout the nineteenth century, as seen through a Steampunk lens. In the first tale they encounter Charles Darwin and some Monsters; in others various ...

Snyder, Gene

(1943-    ) US academic and author; with William Jon Watkins (whom see for details), he published two sf novels, Ecodeath (1972) as E V Snyder and The Litany of Sh'reev (1976). His solo works include Mind War (1980), The Ogden Enigma (1980) – in which the US military must deal with the fact that it has repressed all evidence that a UFO landed in 1950, a matter of urgency because the UFO now wants to go home – Dark Dreaming (1981), Tomb Seven (1985), a fantasy, ...

Swift, E J

(?   -    ) UK author who began publishing work of genre interest with "The Complex" in Interzone for January 2012. The Osiris Project sequence, comprising Osiris (2012), Cataveiro (2013) and Tamaruq (2015), is set initially in a Near Future Keep in the Bering Sea (see Under the Sea), where its inhabitants are protected from savage Climate Change. Their conviction that only they survive of all humanity leads to a suspicion that they may in fact be the ...

Knox, Ronald A

(1888-1957) UK priest, journalist and author; ordained an Anglican priest in 1912, he converted to Catholicism in 1917, becoming a Catholic priest in 1919. Among his many books are several well-regarded if somewhat dull detective novels, volumes of Parodies, a new translation of the Testaments, and some genre work. A Still More Sporting Adventure!: Humbly Dedicated to the Authoresses of "An Adventure" and Transcribed by the Misses Lavinia & Priscilla Daisyfield (1911 chap) with Charles ...

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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