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Kidd, Virginia

(1921-2003) US literary agent, editor and author, married to James Blish 1947-1963, who began to publish professionally in the early 1950s, publishing at least one story, "On the Wall of the Lodge" (June 1962 Galaxy) as Virginia Blish with James Blish; her first solo sf story, "Kangaroo Court", did not appear until much later, in Orbit 1 (anth 1966) edited by Damon Knight. Among other ...

Ryan, Charles C

(1946-    ) US editor and publisher. A newspaperman by profession, Ryan is known in the sf world for the two SF Magazines he has edited, Galileo (1975-1980) and Aboriginal Science Fiction (1986-2001), both of which at their peak reached surprisingly high circulations. In 1991, with John Betancourt, he founded the ...

Buell, Mary E

(?   -?   ) US poet and  author, whose The Sixth Sense; Or, Electricity, a Story for the Masses (1891) explains the nature of the energies that govern the entire world through electricity; that form of electricity here described as Magnetism (see Power Sources; Scientific Errors) heals the sick. [JC]

O'Reilly, John

(1906-1981) US journalist and war correspondent who wrote The Glob (18 February 1952 Life Magazine; exp 1952 chap), an explanation of the theory of Evolution and the Origin of Man, couched in fictional form for younger readers as the life-story of the eponymous creature who crawls out of the swamp and becomes, by stages, Homo sapiens. The earlier pages have some distant relationship to ...

Ogino Makoto

(1959-2019) Japanese comics creator whose chief work, a series of interconnected tales stemming from his first professional sale, dominated his entire career, spiralling into an ungainly collection of sometimes contradictory works with major discrepancies in tone. Kujaku-Ō ["Peacock King"] (1985-1989 Young Jump) features a youthful Buddhist priest, given to indulgences in sins of the flesh, but gifted with demon-hunting powers through being 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 a long sf-tinged poem, "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly); he only began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and sf proper with ...



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