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Frazier, Robert

(1951-    ) US editor and author, most active as a poet, whose several published volumes include Peregrine (coll 1978), Perception Barriers (coll 1987), Co-Orbital Moons (coll 1988) and, perhaps most notably, Chronicles of the Mutant Rain Forest (coll 1992 chap) with Bruce Boston and Invisible Machines (coll 1993 chap) with Andrew Joron. He has edited two volumes of sf Poetry, The Rhysling Anthology: Best Science Fiction Poetry of 1982 (anth 1983 chap) (see Rhysling Award) ...

Heinlein, Robert A

(1907-1988) US author, educated at the University of Missouri and the US Naval Academy, Annapolis. After serving as a naval officer for five years, he retired due to ill-health in 1934, studied physics at the University of California Los Angeles for a time, then took a variety of jobs before beginning to publish sf in August 1939 with "Life-Line" for Astounding, a magazine whose Golden Age he would profoundly shape, just as he rewrote US sf as a whole in his own image. Heinlein may have been ...

Kiwerski, Krzysztof

(1948-    ) Polish director, writer, animator and painter. After studying at the High School of Fine Arts in Poznań, he went on to graduate from Krakow's Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts Faculty of Painting in 1973. Kiwerski would become head of the Academy's Animation Art Studio, as well as a Professor of Fine Arts in its Faculty of Graphic Arts. He also worked for the Animated Film Studio ("Studio Filmów Animowanych") in Krakow, for whom he created most of his ...

Teague, Mark

(1963-    ) US illustrator and author, almost invariably in both cases for younger children. A series like Cynthia Rylants' Poppleton, for which his illustrations have been admired, is a case in point: written for young readers, it follows the adventures of the eponymous pig after he moves to the big city [the sequence is not listed below]. Of sf interest is an Young Adult tale, The Doom Machine (2009), written and illustrated by Teague, whose protagonist's life is changed ...

Davidson, Lionel

(1922-2009) UK author who began to publish short fiction – none of it apparently fantastic – in the 1930s, and who was best known for his intermittent but highly successful thrillers, beginning with The Night of Wenceslas (1960). In his second novel, The Rose of Tibet (1962), a young man traces his half-brother into a Lost World in the heart of 1950 Tibet, just as China prepares to invade; it is a tale full of the same elated though "implausible" coincidences and narrative coherence ...

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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