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Sitwell, Sacheverell

(1897-1988) UK critic, poet and author, less regarded than his siblings, Edith Sitwell (1887-1964) and Osbert Sitwell, during their long closely associated careers, but in recent years increasingly deemed perhaps as interesting as his sister; he served in World War One from 1916. Some of his voluminous poetry is of peripheral interest, including The Hundred and One Harlequins (coll 1922 chap), Doctor Donne and Gargantua (1930 chap) – a metaphysical fantasia extensively evoking Rabelais ...

Neville, Jill

(1932-1997) Australian journalist, playwright and author, mostly in the UK from 1951; she was the sister of Richard Neville (1941-2016), editor of Oz in the 1960s and author of Footprints of the Future: Handbook for the Third Millennium (2002). Neville was not much drawn to sf, though her second novel, The Love-Germ (1969), is an occasionally sharp sf Satire set in the Near Future, which traces the course of the eponymous mutant bug as it transforms society. [JC]

Nielsen, Cliff

(?   -    ) American artist, frequently credited as Cliff Nielson, ex-husband of artist Terese Nielsen. He presumably met and married Terese Nielsen while they were both studying at Pasadena's noted Art Center College of Design, and they collaborated on the Marvel Comics miniseries Ruins (1995) before divorcing. Nielsen has since worked very energetically to produce large numbers of book covers, mostly for Young Adult sf and for books set in franchised ...

Smith, Evelyn E

(1922-2000) US crossword-puzzle compiler and author, who wrote at least five gothic romances as by Delphine C Lyons, some of which were supernatural; she began publishing sf with "Tea Tray in the Sky" in Galaxy for September 1952, and for about a decade published actively in the magazines; after about 1960 she appeared there only infrequently. For her crossword story "BAXBR/DAXBR" (in Time to Come, anth 1954, ed August Derleth; the two alien words should properly appear "crossed"), see Games ...

Whedon, Joss

(1964-    ) US filmmaker, who has also worked to particular impact in television and comics. His father and grandfather had both worked as screenwriters and lyricists, and two brothers and a sister-in-law followed him into the business, often as his co-writers. His first writing jobs were in television, where he wrote episodes for the third season of Roseanne (1989-90) and for the short-lived television version of Parenthood (1990). His first filmed screenplay was Buffy 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 November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...

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