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Coblentz, Stanton A

(1896-1982) US author and traditionalist poet who wrote polemics in defence of his rather bad verse, beginning with his MA thesis, privately published as The Poetic Revival in America (1917). He began his career proper in the early 1920s with book reviews for New York papers, a volume of poems, The Thinker and Other Poems (coll 1923), and Modern American Lyrics (anth 1924). Of the many volumes of verse that followed – almost always published through his own firm, The Wings Press, through ...

Laney, Francis T

(1914-1958) US fan, author, critic and Fanzine publisher whose publication of greatest genre significance was The Acolyte (14 issues 1942-1946), an Amateur Magazine centred on H P Lovecraft and the Cthulhu Mythos. A resulting spinoff was Howard Philips Lovecraft (1890-1937): A Tentative Bibliography (1943 chap) with Bill Evans. / Laney's fanzine Fan-Dango (25 issues 1943-1950; also known as Fan Dango or Fandango) was also highly regarded in Fandom, where however he is best remembered for ...

Johnson, W Ryerson

(1901-1995) US Pulp magazine editor and author whose chief sf relevance is a small contribution to the extensive Doc Savage franchise during its 1933-1949 run in Doc Savage magazine. His three titles in the resulting Doc Savage novel series, all written with Lester Dent and published as by Kenneth Robeson, are Land of Always-Night (1966), The Fantastic Island (1966) and The Motion Menace (1971) [see Checklist below for original magazine appearances]. Johnson was the final editor of the pulp ...

Taylor, Bert Leston

(1866-1921) US editor, columnist, poet and author, some of whose tales move into the fantastic, but usually to spoof targets of his mild Satire. He is most famous for his A Line o' Type or Two column for the Chicago Tribune from 1901 until his death. Of his short fiction, "The Caves of Fire" (May 1898 Black Cat) with Edward Ward describes the Invention of an electrical device which, passed through glass, is capable of viewing atoms. The Water Wagon series beginning with The Log of the Water ...

Binet, Laurent

(1972-    ) French teacher and author whose earlier work tends to employ metafictional devices, interweaving "nonfictional" modes of historical apprehension and surreal narrative techniques (see Absurdist SF; Fabulation). His first work of interest, Forces et faiblesses de nos muqueuses ["Strengths and Weaknesses of Our Mucus Membranes"] (2000), is an estranged and modestly fictionalized disquisition on the experience of being human; HHhH (2010; trans Sam Taylor 2012) ...

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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