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York, J Steven

(1957-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Starbird" (in L Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future, Volume V, anth 1989, ed Algis Budrys), and who concentrated on Ties for various enterprises: for the Marvel Comics Generation X series beginning with Generation X: Crossroads (1998); for the BattleTech spinoff MechWarrior, beginning with MechWarrior: Dark Age: Fortress of Lies (2004); and for the Conan universe (see Robert E Howard), beginning ...

Chappell, Fred

(1936-    ) US academic, poet and author, most of whose work within the water margins of Fantastika falls within the broad remit of the weird, though his best-known novel Dagon (1968) carries its doomed protagonist into the sway of an idiot deity whose gaze – "the god was omnipotent but did not possess intelligence" – constitutes a prolepsis of things to come (see Cthulhu Mythos; Horror in SF) [for Weird Fiction see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. ...

Pearce, Brenda

(1935-    ) UK author who began publishing sf with "Hot Spot" for Analog in 1974. Kidnapped into Space (1975) and Worlds for the Grabbing (1977) are both routine but enjoyable Space Opera tales in which her interest in technical and technological matters sometimes shows through to advantage. [JC]

Clair, René

Pseudonym of French filmmaker and author René-Lucien Chomette (1898-1981) whose first feature film, Paris qui Dort (1924), is of sf interest; though many of his subsequent movies, in France, the UK and America, were of fantasy interest, their immersion in the coils of Fantastika defaulted to the unargued and the oneiric. A partial exception is It Happened Tomorrow (1944), based on Lord Dunsany's possibly unperformed Radio play The Jest of Hahalaba (January 1927 Atlantic Monthly; 1928 ...

McHugh, Vincent

(1904-1983) US poet, journalist and author whose comic saga Caleb Catlum's America (1936) [for subtitle see Checklist] is about a family of immortals (see Immortality) who amusingly represent the high points of US history in the flesh (the family includes Abe Lincoln and Davy Crockett); elements of a Secret History of the World are undercut by Tall Tale elements [for Fantasies of History and Tall Tale see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]; the frame story in particular, featuring ...

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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