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Stewart, Ritson

(?   -    ) UK author who, with Stanley Stewart (their relationship, along with everything else about them, is unknown), published The Professor's Last Experiment (1888), in which a scientifically superior Alien from Mars arrives on Earth but is captured by a vivisectionist, who – inspired by a misapprehension of the workings of Evolution – chops off the visitor's wings as an experiment. [JC]

DeCandido, Keith R A

(1969-    ) US author and book-packager, almost all of whose work has consisted of Ties to various enterprises, including (in chronological order) {Spider-Man}, Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003), Star Trek, the Resident Evil (2004) film franchise, World of Warcraft (see Online Worlds) and Command & Conquer Tiberium Wars. His first significant work, however, was in Radio, as producer and co-host of The Chronic Rift, a New York talk show devoted to sf, where he was ...

Spencer, John

(1944-2002) UK author, rock musician and one-time art-agency director, founding what would become Young Artists, a major UK agency for preponderantly sf/fantasy artists. His first sf novel, The Electronic Lullaby Meat Market (1975), in a manner somewhat reminiscent of Mick Farren, sets a quirky thriller in a violently hyperbolic Near-Future world described in sex-charged terms reminiscent of the late-1960s counterculture. After editing Echoes of Terror (anth 1980 chap) with Mike Jarvis, Spencer ...

Gosse, Edmund

(1849-1928) UK scholar and critic, best known for his initially anonymous autobiography, Father and Son (1907); exceedingly prolific as a reviewer and belletrist for many years. Of sf interest is his novel, The Secret of Narcisse: A Romance (1892), set in the sixteenth century in the French town of Bar-le-Duc, where the protagonist, a sculptor, manufactures (see Inventions) a Robot which much resembles a skeleton, and which causes him to be denounced (and condemned) for practising Black Magic. ...

Morden, Simon

(?   -    ) UK geophysicist, teacher, editor and author who also writes as S J Morden. He began to publish work of genre interest with "Bell, Book and Candle" in Scaremongers 2: Redbrick Eden (anth 1998) edited by Steve Savile, which was included in his first collection, Thy Kingdom Come (coll 2002 multimedia CD; 2012), which comprises two linked sequences, one set in a darkening Near Future America, the other in a Europe after nuclear devastation (see ...

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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