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Gevers, Nick

(1965-    ) UK-born sf editor and critic, in South Africa from 1970, who has written for various journals including Interzone, Locus – where he had regular review columns 2001-2008 – The New York Review of Science Fiction and SF Site. He has been an editor for the Yorkshire-based Small Press PS Publishing since 2002 and edits its regular magazine/Anthology Postscripts [which see for magazine details] – as coeditor with Peter Crowther to #30/31 and solo ...

Balsdon, Dacre

(1901-1977) UK historian and author; Fellow of Exeter College, Oxford 1927-1969, whose sf novels are humorous Satires on contemporary mores, little allowance being made for technological, social or behavioural change. The most imaginative, Sell England? (1936), is a Dystopia set 1000 years hence in which the UK is inhabited solely by a decadent aristocracy, while the other echelons of society live in Africa under a totalitarian dictatorship. His two educational satires, Have a New Master (1935) ...

Mandel, George

(1920-2021) US Comics artist who drew some Superhero figures including The Woman in Red – first seen in Thrilling Comics #2 (March 1940) and identified as the first female masked crime-fighter – Black Marvel for Timely and Blue Bolt for Novelty, until he was badly wounded in World War Two. / Mandel then turned to writing, beginning with the early Beat novel Flee the Angry Strangers (1952). Of sf interest is Crocodile Blood (1985), a tale Equipoisal between rationalized horror ...

Palmer, Thomas

(1955-    ) US author whose first novel, The Transfer (1983), verges on the Technothriller, and whose second, Dream Science (1990), made some stir for its quiet (but ultimately ruthless) intelligence. The protagonist of the book is one of those capable of perceiving lines running across the physical environment that, when passed over, take one into what seem to be Parallel Worlds, but may in fact be aspects of one world seen at different points on a single cosmological ...

Cárdenas, Juan

(1978-    ) Colombian translator, editor and author, active from around 2005; he is primarily of sf interest for his third novel, Ornamento (2015; trans Lizzie Davis as Ornamental 2020), which is built around what happens to four separate women subject to an experimental study using a highly addictive Drug that affects women only. The doctor responsible becomes deeply involved with one of the experimental studies, who herself channels visions of a desperate Dystopian future ...

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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