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de Morgan, Augustus

(1806-1871) UK mathematician and logician, professor of mathematics from age 22 at the then newly founded London University; best remembered for De Morgan's Laws in logic and for formalizing the principle of mathematical induction; father of the supernatural novelist and designer William de Morgan (1839-1917) [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] who was involved with William Morris. ...

Blair, John

(1961-    ) US author and poet who began publishing sf with A Landscape of Darkness (1990), an sf adventure in which a mercenary on a colony planet must pit himself against an Alien who wears the guise of a Japanese warrior. Though a plot of this sort offers many opportunities for action routines, Blair generally avoids the temptation. His second novel, Bright Angel (1992), similarly concentrates upon the complex ...

Lapine, Warren

(1964-    ) US heavy-metal musician (prior to his publishing career), author, editor and Small Press publisher who began to publish work of genre interest with "Desolation" for the Fanzine The Equinox in 1992. He has occasionally used the pseudonym Jamie Wild for stories published in his own magazines, in particular Absolute Magnitude [see below]. ...

Clines, Peter

(1969-    ) US screenwriter and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Long, Deep Dream" in Cthulhu Unbound: Vol 2 (anth 2009) edited by Thomas Brannan and John Sunsen, and whose Ex-Heroes sequence beginning with Ex-Heroes (2010) competently exploits Horror in SF topoi as a passel of Superheroes combat a Zombie apocalypse in ...

Williams, Billy Dee

Working name of US actor and author William December Williams (1937-    ), best known for playing Lando Calrissian in Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980) et cetera. He co-wrote with Rob MacGregor the Trent Calloway series beginning with OSI Net (1999), about American intelligence operatives gifted (or cursed) with ...

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 ...

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