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Stone, Steve

(1964-    ) UK artist working in digital media, having studied art at Nottingham University in the 1980s; he has occasionally been credited as Steven Stone. His prolific output of sf and fantasy cover artwork began with the 1997 UK reissue of Eric L Harry's Society of the Mind: A Cyberthriller (1996), followed by several 1998 Orbit paperback reprints of Patrick Tilley's Amtrak Wars sequence; 1999 saw his first fantasy cover, for The Druid of Shannara (1999) by Terry Brooks, ...

Kelley, William Melvin

(1937-2017) US author whose celebrated short novel A Different Drummer (1959) is an sf fable telling of Black history in an imaginary town in an imagined southern state of the USA (see Race in SF), and ending with a mass emigration of all Blacks from this state in 1957. The isolation of this town [for Polder see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] is reminiscent of the Yoknapatawpha Country created by William Faulkner (1897-1962), as has been widely noted; but Kelley's easy use of sf ...

Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The

1. Radio series (1978, 1980). BBC Radio 4. Written and created by Douglas Adams, produced by Simon Brett (first episode) and Geoffrey Perkins (subsequent episodes). Cast includes Peter Jones as The Book, Simon Jones as Arthur Dent, Geoffrey McGivern as Ford Prefect, Stephen Moore as Marvin the Paranoid Android, Mark Wing-Davey as Zaphod Beeblebrox and Susan Sheridan as Trillian. Six 30-minute episodes broadcast weekly from 8 March 1978 to 12 April 1978. Christmas special 24 December 1978. ...

Montimore, Margarita

(?   -    ) US author whose first novel of psychic distress and disarray, Asleep from Day (2018), investigates the one-day Amnesia of its protagonist through scenes that bleed into the fantastic (see Fantastika), though without any explicit dissolving of borders. She is of sf interest for her second novel, Oona Out of Order (2020; vt The Rearranged Life of Oona Lockhart 2020), whose protagonist, every New Year's Day, is Timeslipped into a different year of her ...

Berkey, John

(1932-2008) US illustrator, occasionally working as just Berkey, probably best remembered for his sf and space-science Illustration but who also worked in a wide variety of other genres, including the images for no fewer than 16 US postage stamps, among them the Santa Claus stamps for 1983 and 1991; he also painted the Old Elvis Stamp, the image that lost a nationwide poll in 1992 to choose between this and the Young Elvis Stamp (painted by Mark Stutzman). / While still at high school he ...

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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