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First Fandom Hall of Fame

A fan Award presented annually since 1963 by First Fandom, for contributions over 30 or more years to the field of science fiction. Such contributions may be as a fan, writer, editor, artist, agent, or any combination of these. This honour may be given to living persons or posthumously; each year now normally features Hall of Fame additions in both categories. / The award is one of several which by fan tradition have been ...

Higgins, C A

(circa 1991-    ) US author whose Lightless sequence, comprising Lightless (2015), Supernova (2016) and Radiate (2017), combines family romance – the protagonist's terrorist putative father's sister is a dangerously charismatic rebel – and a Hard SF Near Future exploration of the nature of AI. Aboard an experimental ...

Roger, Noëlle

Pseudonym of Swiss author Hélène Dufour Pittard (1874-1953), whose sf novel, Le nouvel Adam (1924; trans P O Crowhurst as The New Adam 1926), is about a wholly logical and unpleasant Superman created by gland transplants. Finally, after having invented a nuclear Force Field, he blows himself up. Celui qui voit (1926; trans Robert Lancaster as He Who Sees 1935) is ...

Different Realities

US Print Magazine dedicated to translating sf into English from French, Italian and Dutch sources; edited by Joe F Randolph of Washington, District of Columbia, who also did all the translations. Different Realities saw four large-size issues dated August and December in 1997 and 1998. The first two issues concentrated on short fiction, with work by Gerben Hellinga, Serge Rollet, Alain le Bussy, Daniel Walther and others. The final two issues ran ...

Ellis, Dean

(1920-2009) US illustrator whose main interests lay outside the sf genre – he did much Illustration for advertising, for general magazines, and notably for postage stamps in the US and some other countries. He received his formal art training at the Cleveland Institute of Art – his studies interrupted by four years' active service in the Pacific – graduating in fine art, followed by postgraduate work at the Boston Museum School of Fine Art. 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 ...

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