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Riesenberg, Sidney H

(1885-1971) US art curator, painter and illustrator, active mainly in the latter capacity from around 1905, his first work of genre interest being the cover for Harry Lincoln Sayler's The Airship Boys in the Barren Lands (1910), the first of several he executed for the Airship Boys series. During the later years of World War One, Riesenberg concentrated on poster art, mainly for the United States Marine Corps; some images became well-known. After the War, he gradually shifted his interest to ...

Living Worlds

The notion that a planet might be a living creature is a rather startling one; indeed, it was initially used purely for its shock value. In R A Kennedy's remarkable philosophical extravaganza The Triuneverse (1912), Mars begins to reproduce by binary fission and its daughter cells devour much of the solar system. In "When the World Screamed" (25 February-3 March 1928 Liberty; April-May 1928 Strand) by Arthur Conan Doyle a hole is drilled through the Earth's "skin" and the living flesh within ...

Brown, Wenzell

(1911-1981) US author, mostly of mysteries, who published some sf in magazines, beginning with "Murderer's Chain" for Fantastic Universe, March 1960. His one sf novel, Possess and Conquer (1975), is a modestly competent tale of Paranoia linked to the threat of an alien Invasion. [JC]

Mayr, Suzette

(1967-    ) Canadian academic and author whose third novel, Venous Hum (2004), is a gonzo Near Future Satire on Identity issues, Sex, Gender, suburbia and the conventions governing the kind of horror novel now described as Urban Fantasy (not the same category as the principal definition of the term in The Encyclopedia of Fantasy). [JC]

Castellucci, Cecil

(1969-    ) US rock singer, comics writer and author, in Canada for several years from early adulthood; in her music career she works under the name Cecil Seaskull, being most active as a performer during the 1990s. She began to publish work of genre interest with "Lights, Camera, Action" in Magic in the Mirrorstone (anth 2008) edited by Steve Berman; her novels, all to date written for the Young Adult market, include some of sf interest. First Day on Earth (2011) ...

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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