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Szirtes, George

(1948-    ) Hungarian-born poet and translator, in the UK since the Hungarian Uprising in 1956; he writes in English, and has been active as a poet since about 1973. From the late 1980s, he has also been productive as a translator, always from the Hungarian. Authors given entries in this encyclopedia whose work he has translated include Ferenc Karinthy, László Krasznahorkai and Imre Madách. Szirtes's translations are crisply muscular, as is his poetry. ...

Worlds Unknown

Anthology Comic (1973-1975) created by Roy Thomas for Marvel Comics. A high-quality attempt to produce a non-Superhero sf comic, this series featured adaptations of well-known sf stories by such authors as L Sprague de Camp, Harry Bates, Edmond Hamilton, Theodore Sturgeon, and A E van Vogt. The final two issues serialized an adaption of the Ray Harryhausen fantasy film The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1974). Creators involved included writer Gerry Conway, and artists Dick Ayers, Gil Kane, and ...

Brummels, J V

(1951-    ) US poet, rancher and author of some fiction, with Wayne State College since 1977, where he is Poet-in-Residence; his sf novel, Deus ex Machina (1989), is a complexly literate rendering in Cyberpunk-influenced terms of an urban USA facing the death of the Sun. There is a choice, for some, of escaping into space; but it is an option Brummels offers without any exuberance. [JC]

Brooks, Kevin

(1959-    ) UK author of Young Adult fiction, most of it nonfantastic, his best-known title being The Bunker Diary (2013), whose young protagonist is imprisoned in an Underground bunker; his torturer adds other prisoners, all of whom eventually die, including, at the very last, the young protagonist. The use of violence in this tale, and in several others, may seem surgical: but at the same time open-eyed. / Brooks is of interest for several tales, some directly sf. Thes ...

Raymond, John

A rarely used House Name of John Spencer and Co, appearing on the novel Zamba of the Jungle (1951) by Leonard G Fish and on the title story by R L Fanthorpe of Supernatural Stories No. 2: The Incredulist (anth 1954). The latter was issued under Spencer's Badger Books imprint; confusingly, "The Incredulist" is credited on the cover to Fanthorpe's frequent pseudonym Lionel Roberts, while three of the five stories – making up some 80% of the book and including the novelette on which 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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