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Carrel, Frederic

(1859-1945) UK author whose portrait of Frank Harris in an early novel, The Adventures of John Johns (1897), has been a source of misinformation about Harris for more than a century. Paul le Maistre (1901) is not sf, the invention at the heart of the book being a better plough; on the other hand, the Inventions of the Antihero ruler of an ambivalently Utopian Europe in 2010 (1914) are genuinely sf, though fitted within a narrative frame whose exorbitance has reasonably been understood as ...

Wilks, Mike

(1947-    ) UK illustrator and author, who began to publish drawings of genre interest with his highly intricate, architecturally imaginative portrayal of the eponymous Edifice or City conceived in conjunction with a long narrative poem by Brian W Aldiss as Pile: Petals from St Klaed's Computer (graph 1979). Pile itself – drawn by Wilks in terms evocative of the work of M C Escher and Giovanni Battista Piranesi – is a claustrophobic but playful expression of the ...

Rabkin, Eric S

(1946-    ) US sf critic and professor of English Language and Literature, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Most of the books he has written or edited have a direct relevance to sf and fantasy. His critical works are: The Fantastic in Literature (1976; rev 1977), an academic study in genre definition (including sf), provocative but not always rigorous; Science Fiction: History · Science · Vision (1977) with Robert Scholes, a general introduction to the ...

Kim Possible

US animated tv series (2002-2007). Walt Disney Television Animation (see Disney on Television). Created by Mark McCorkle and Bob Schooley. Executive Producers Chris Bailey, Mark McCorkle and Bob Schooley. Directors include Chris Bailey, David Block and Steve Loter. Writers include Mark McCorkle and Bob Schooley. Voice cast includes Nancy Cartwright, John DiMaggio, Will Friedle, Tahj Mowry, Christy Carlson Romano and Nicole Sullivan. 87 22-minute episodes. Colour. / High Schooler Kimberly ...

Wolf, Gary K

(1941-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Love Story" in Worlds of Tomorrow for Winter 1970, which he followed with several sharply Satirical tales over the next few years. The best of these, like "Doctor Rivet and Supercon Sal" (January 1976 F&SF), are generally thought to scan American society with a sharper, cleaner vision than that attained in his longer work. Very soon, however, he changed his primary focus to novels where 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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