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Panting, J Harwood

(1854-1924) UK author, most known for school stories for boys; in True All Through (1909), an sf novel also written for boys, can be found flying machines with wings that flap, and a proposed trip to Mars. [JC]

Rouzade, Léonie

Pseudonym of French feminist, politician, journalist and author Louise-Léonie Camusat (1839-1916) of two sf tales, Voyage de Théodose à l'île d'Utopie ["A Voyage to the Isle of Utopia"] (1872) and Le monde renversé ["The World Turned Upside Down"] (1872), translated together by Brian Stableford as The World Turned Upside Down (omni 2015). The first is a Utopia, though the Island of Utopia which the rebarbative protagonist visits is not Sir Thomas More's; nor is ...

Nervous Norvus

Performing name of US musician Jimmy Drake (1912-1968). Nervous Norvus's cheery rockabilly enjoyed a degree of US success in the 1950s, and he released inter alia a number of goofy science-fictional songs. Amongst these are "The Fang" (1956, credited to "Nervous Norvus and Red Blanchard & The Smogrollers") about a trip to Mars to meet some girls, "The Lean Green Vegetable Fiend (From 'Tuther Side of the Moon)" (1962) and "Kibble Kobble (The Flying Saucer Song)" (1962), both of whose titles ...

Kelleam, Joseph E

(1913-1975) US author and civil servant, an occasional contributor to the sf field since publishing his first story, "Rust" (October 1939 Astounding). His first novel, Overlords from Space (1956 dos), is a routine tale in which Alien conquerors of Earth are defeated at last. The Little Men (February 1959 Amazing as "Hunters out of Time"; 1960; vt Hunters out of Time 2012 dos) and its sequel, Hunters of Space (May 1960 Amazing as "Hunters of Space"; 1960; vt Hunters out of Space 2009 ebook), ...

Stevens, Lawrence Sterne

(1886-1960) American artist who also signed himself Stephen Lawrence or just Lawrence; some covers attributed to Lawrence were actually the work of his son Peter Stevens (1920-2001). The elder Stevens effectively learned how to draw by working as a newspaper artist and did not begin drawing for the sf Pulp magazines until the early 1940s, when the demand for newspaper illustration was diminishing. He was most admired for his interior illustrations, which became his major activity when the ...

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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