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Moorcock, Michael

(1939-    ) UK author and editor, married to Hilary Bailey 1962-1978; London-based until around 1980, and London-obsessed from his first vivid memories of the bombing in World War Two of its southern suburbs, an experience constantly reflected in his fiction – wartime London underlies many of its characteristic landscapes and Icons and its images of Entropy – and central to what may be his finest single novel, Mother London (1988), a work of singular complexity ...

Benson, Robert Hugh

(1871-1914) UK author; third son of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Edward White Benson (1829-1896), and brother of the fantasy and horror authors A C Benson and E F Benson, the latter remaining by far the best-known of the three. Benson was ordained as a priest in the Church of England in 1895 but converted to Catholicism in 1902 and was ordained as a priest in 1904. His fiction, unsurprisingly, is composed with a convert's intensity, and is deliberately propagandistic; many of his short stories ...

Grantville Gazette

US professional (semi-professional until December 2006) Online Magazine that began as a fan-fiction site, hosted by Baen Books, for fiction set in the Assiti Shards Shared World universe established by Eric Flint in his novel 1632 (2001) and its sequels. The basic premise is that the small American town of Grantville is transported via a Timeslip to Germany in 1631 at the time of the Thirty Years War and the German territory likewise moved forward in time to present-day Virginia. The book and ...

Duchamp, L Timmel

(1950-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "O's Story" in Memories and Visions: Women's Fantasy and Science Fiction (anth 1989) edited by Susann Sturgis, and whose career initially concentrated on short fiction, some of which was assembled as Love's Body, Dancing in Time (coll 2004). Her work is articulately Feminist, vatic, energized, though her style seems at times overstressed. Through this work, and nonfiction assembled as The Grand ...

Raymond, Alex

(1909-1956) US Comic-strip artist. As Jane Frank aptly notes, he is "one of the most famous science fiction artists of all time, although he never contributed an illustration to any science fiction magazine or book", earning that status for his decade of drawing the comic strip Flash Gordon. / Raymond received his artistic training at the Grand Central School of Art in New York City and began his career by working as an assistant on the strip Tillie the Toiler; soon he was also contributing ...

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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