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Morrissey, Dean W

(1951-2021) American artist, latterly most often credited as Dean Morrissey. The self-trained Morrissey began his professional career with three covers for Dragon magazine in 1978, 1979, and 1980, and in 1986 he started to receive regular assignments to paint book covers. His covers for Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois's anthology Sorcerers! (anth 1986) and John Morressy's five-volume Kedrigern series introduce a recurring figure in his work, the elderly wizard with a large white beard, also ...

Méliès, Georges

(1861-1938) French theatre and film director and entrepreneur. A natural showman, Méliès began his theatrical career as a conjurer, designing his own trick gadgets, against the wishes of his family, whose wealth came from manufacturing shoes. In 1888, his father's death allowed him to sell his interest in the firm, helping to provide him with the finances to buy the Théâtre Robert-Houdin, and his magic shows there became famous. In 1896, inspired by the Lumière ...

Brémont, Anna, Comtesse de

(circa 1849-1922) US-born (of Irish parents) singer and author, mainly in South Africa after around 1878. She is of sf interest for A Son of Africa: A Romance (1899), mostly set in a remote African region governed by baboons (see Apes as Human); the young protagonist, whose mother is Black and father is white (see Race in SF), ends up in the UK after a natural Disaster has killed his mother and hurtled his father into an Underground world, where the Queen of Sheba (see She) predicts the ...

Startling Stories

1. US Pulp magazine, 99 issues January 1939 to Fall 1955, published by Better Publications January 1939 to Winter 1955, and by Standard Magazines (really the same company) Spring to Fall 1955; edited by Mort Weisinger (January 1939-May 1941), Oscar J Friend (July 1941-Fall 1944), Sam Merwin Jr (Winter 1945-September 1951), Samuel Mines (November 1951-Fall 1954), Theron Raines (Winter and Spring 1955) and Herbert D Kastle (Summer and Fall 1955). Leo Margulies was editorial director of Startling ...

Pier, Garrett Chatfield

(1875-1943) UK-born US author of Hanit the Enchantress (1921), in which a Yale expedition to Egypt discovers what seems to be a Lost World, into the heart of which the lead of the expedition plunges by Timeslip, where he falls in love with the spitting image of the twentieth century woman to whom he is betrothed. [JC]

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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