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Barber, Ros

(1964-    ) US-born academic, poet and author, in UK from the age of eighteen, her first book, How Things Are On Thursday (coll 2004 chap) being poetry. Her first novel, The Marlowe Papers (2012) could – given William Shakespeare's central importance to English literature – might almost be read as an Alternate History given a plot in which Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593) fakes his own death and writes the hugely better plays ascribed to his rival. The ...


US letter-size saddle-stapled Cinema magazine printed on a mix of newsprint and better-quality paper. Publisher: Reliance Publications. No editor named. At least 14 issues from October 1978 to October 1980. Publication schedule was bimonthly. / This title was yet another imitator of Starlog and similar publications which flooded US newsstands from the late 1970s into the early 1980s. It managed to survive longer than most, despite not being of significantly greater quality. Material on ...

Pirandello, Luigi

(1867-1936) Italian dramatist and author whose prolific career began with poetry – Mal Giocondo ["Unhappy Joy"] (coll 1889) – and continued with a large amount of short fiction, beginning with Amori senza Amore (coll 1894). Many of his circa 400 stories and sketches, many of them Contes-Cruels [for this term, plus entry on Pirandello with fantasy linkings, see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below], are set in Sicily, and render starkly a vision of Sex and marriage in terms ...

Chappell, George S

(1877-1946) US architect and author, author of some Broadway musicals, well known in the 1920s as a humorist. Most of his work of genre interest was written as by Walter E Traprock; he also published essays on architectural subjects as by Tsquare. As Traprock, he is best known for the Kawa sequence of spoof travelogues beginning with The Cruise of the Kawa: Wanderings in the South Seas (1921) as by Walter E Traprock, and other similar titles. Through the Alimentary Canal with Gun and Camera: A ...

Stuart, Gordon

House Name used by the Chicago publishers Reilly and Lee, later Reilly and Britton Company, for the Boy Scouts of the Air series of Airship Boys/Airplane Boys novels to which H Bedford-Jones contributed three volumes under this pseudonym and Harry Lincoln Sayler five. [DRL]

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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