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Cherry, David A

(1949-    ) US illustrator, formerly an attorney, who sometimes signs himself just David Cherry; he was encouraged to become an illustrator by his sister, sf author C J Cherryh, and made the switch from law to full-time illustration in 1984. His first cover, done for the publisher Donald M Grant, was for his sister's novel Ealdwood (1981), for which he also supplied interior art. Largely self-taught, Cherry is a classic realist; when painting he works with acrylics and ...

Brydges, Harold

Working name of UK author James Howard Bridge (1856-1939), in USA from early manhood, whose A Fortnight in Heaven: An Unconventional Romance (1886) conflates sf and the occult in a manner common to much late nineteenth-century work. Able to send his spirit through Time and space, Captain Grizzle visits the planet Jupiter a century hence, finding the civilization there to be an expanded version of life on Earth, with Airships and other evidences of advanced Technology; but the society as a ...

Gauld, Tom

(1976-    ) Scottish illustrator, cartoonist and author, active since the beginning of the twenty-first century; he is perhaps best known for a weekly strip cartoon published in the Guardian, a full representative assembly of this material being You're All Just Jealous of My Jetpack (graph coll 2013); Baking With Kafka (graph coll 2017) also contains material from other sources, often directly using sf imagery and themes; Goliath (graph 2012), about the tragically reluctant ...

Stern, J David

(1886-1971) US newspaper publisher and author. His Eidolon: A Philosophical Phantasy Built on a Syllogism (1952) tells of a virgin birth (see Religion) and an enigmatic Messiah figure. Stern should not be confused with his son, David J Stern (1909-2003), who created Francis the Talking Mule in his novel Francis (1946). [PN/DRL]

Blake, Stacey

Working name of Francis William Stacey Blake (1873-1964), UK journalist, author and water-colour artist whose fiction consists almost exclusively of adventure stories for boys, such as "The Derelict Hunters: A Thrilling Story of the Dread Sargasso Sea" (29 April 1908 Chums) as by Stacey-Blake. His three book-length tales of sf interest are Beyond the Blue: The Story of a Great Adventure (December 1914-June 1915 London Magazine; 1920), a Planetary Romance featuring the discovery of an unknown ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...

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