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Thomas, D M

(1935-2023) UK poet and author who made use of sf themes most explicitly in such early Poetry as "The Head-Rape" in New Worlds for March 1968 and the two-part "Computer 70: Dreams & Lovepoems" (March-April 1970 New Worlds), a sequence assembled with other poetry of interest in Logan Stone (coll 1970); or the later "S. F." (in The Umbral Anthology of Science Fiction Poetry, anth ...

Kornbluth, C M

(1923-1958) US author Cyril Kornbluth; the "M" for a non-existent middle name represents his wife Mary Kornbluth (1920-2007), in the thought that she would be collaborating with him. A member of the Futurians fan group, he published prolifically during the years 1940-1942 in magazines edited by fellow Futurians Donald A Wollheim and Frederik Pohl. His first sf publication was "Stepsons of ...

Bacon, Paul

(1923-2015) US graphic artist active from the 1940s until about a year before his death, and responsible for an estimated 6500 book-cover designs (plus some 200 for jazz LPs). Inevitably, with such a huge total of covers, quite a number were for sf authors, well over seventy of them, some of whom published several books with his covers; his first in the genre is probably that for Gunner Cade (1952) by Cyril Judd. He became known for the "Big Book ...

Palmer, J H

(?   -?   ) US author of The Invasion of New York; Or, How Hawaii Was Annexed (1897) a Near Future Yellow Peril novel in which Japan mounts a surprise attack against America, occupies Hawaii, and with its ally Spain threatens New York; but is defeated. The book ends with a paean to America's Manifest Destiny. [JC]

Doc Savage [magazine]

US hero-Pulp magazine, 181 issues March 1933-Summer 1949; standard pulp-size March 1933-December 1943, Digest-size January 1944-September/October 1948, reverted to pulp Winter 1948-Summer 1949. Monthly until February 1947, then four bimonthly issues, then quarterly from Winter 1948. Published by Street & Smith; edited by John Nanovic until November 1943, Charles ...

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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