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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 ...

Merrill, James

(1926-1995) US author and poet whose two novels are nonfantastic, as is most of his poetry, which is of the highest calibre, and justifies his ranking as one of the most important American poets of his century. He is of indirect but significant sf interest, and may be deemed a central figure of twentieth-century Fantastika, for The Changing Light at Sandover (omni 1982) [see checklist for details of component parts], a sustained 17,000 line verse ...

Kirk, Richard A

(1962-    ) UK-born artist, illustrator and author, in Canada from childhood, active as an illustrator from the 1990s. His curvilinear, chiaroscuro-ridden, metamorphic landscapes and portraits show the influence (which he has openly acknowledged) of predecessors from Aubrey Beardsley (1866-1896) and Mervyn Peake, on to contemporaries like Frank Frazetta and Moebius (Jean ...

Underwood, Michael R

(?   -    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Last Tango in Gamma Sector" in Crossed Genres for June 2010. His first series, the Ree Reyes sequence beginning with Geekomancy (2012 ebook). is fantasy. He is of sf interest for the Genrenauts sequence of Young Adult tales beginning with The Shootout Solution (2015), in which a ...

Rather, Lina

(?   -    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Marking the Witch" in Flash Fiction Online for February 2017 (see Flash Fiction). Her first novel, Sisters of the Vast Black (short version first appeared Publishing 2019 Debut Sample, anth 2019 ebook: 2019), which is set in a galaxy-encompassing Space Opera universe, traces 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 ...

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