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Dick, Philip K

(1928-1982) US author, one of the most important figures in twentieth-century Genre SF and an author of general significance. He is a figure who helps define by contrast those identified in this Encyclopedia as Mainstream Writers of SF: writers, that is, whose comprehension of the significant literatures of the last century has sometimes seemed less than full. An author like Thomas Pynchon, who is not described in this encyclopedia as mainstream, will understand what he owes Dick; a mainstream ...

Kyle, David A

(1919-2016) US sf fan, illustrator, owner of several radio stations, publisher and author. Kyle was a member of First Fandom, having been active in the field since 1933. Until the 1970s his writing activities were only occasional, though his first published sf was "Golden Nemesis" – which he also illustrated – for Stirring Science Stories in February 1941. (He had in fact sold this five years earlier and it had been scheduled to appear in the June 1936 Wonder Stories, which was ...

Noyes, Ralph

(1923-1998) UK author whose sf novel, A Secret Property (1985), depicts an Invasion of UFOs without great originality. [JC]

Robinson, Frank M

(1926-2014) US editor and author, who began his career as an office boy with Ziff-Davis in the 1940s, where he first met his long-time colleague William Hamling; he began to publish work of genre interest with "The Maze" in Astounding for June 1950 and was for a time fairly prolific. At the end of this early period he released his first (and for decades his only) solo novel, The Power (1956), a tale which effectively combines sf and thriller in the story of the search for a malignant Superman ...


Detroit-based rock five-piece (the name is short for "Motor City 5"). Their raucous, energetic guitar-based sound anticipated, and directly influenced, the later emergence of punk rock, and is often read solely in those terms; but in fact their terms of cultural reference are all 1960s counterculture, anti-establishment, pro-Drugs, Sex and sf. Their debut album Kick Out The Jams (1969) possesses a splendid energy, not least in the title track, a barbaric yawp many listeners took to be a ...

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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