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Klinger, Friedrich Maximilian von

(1752-1831) German playwright and author; the title of his early play, Sturm und Drang (1776), gave its name to the period of tempestuous anti-Enlightenment Early Romantism in Germany dominant during the 1770s and 1780s. He is of sf interest for a novel, Reisen vor der Sündfluth (1795; trans anon as Travels Before the Flood: An Interesting Oriental Record of Men and Manners in the Antediluvian World, Interpreted in Fourteen Evening Conversations between the Caliph of Bagdad and his Court: ...

Knight, Damon

(1922-2002) US author and editor; his third marriage was to Kate Wilhelm. Like many sf writers, Knight became involved in sf Fandom at an early age, and by 1941 was a member of the Futurians in New York, where he shared an apartment with Robert A W Lowndes and met James Blish, C M Kornbluth, Frederik Pohl and others. (In The Futurians: The Story of the Science Fiction "Family" of the 30's that Produced Today's Top SF Writers and Editors [1977] he published a candid history of the group and its ...

Captain Future

US Pulp magazine, 17 issues Winter 1940 to Spring 1944, quarterly (missing Fall 1943). Published by Better Publications; edited by Leo Margulies with Mort Weisinger (1940-1941) and Oscar J Friend (1941-1944). A companion magazine to Startling Stories and Thrilling Wonder Stories, Captain Future was an attempt to establish a Space-Opera equivalent to the popular Superhero pulps (Doc Savage magazine and the like). Each issue ran a complete novel about tall, cheerful, red-headed Curt Newton, alias ...

Heywood, Victor D

(?   -    ) US author of an unremarkable Space Opera adventure, Prison Planet (1974; vt Alpha Star 1980), which is a Young Adult tale whose young protagonist earns his spurs in space. [JC]

Lebbon, Tim

(1969-    ) UK author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Simon Says" in Psychotrope for March 1994, and who until recent years almost exclusively specialized in Affect Horror and fantasy, though from the first an instinct for worldbuilding has constantly threatened to widen this remit; from early in his career he has tended to set his tales in variously designated (or background) landscapes in the throes of apocalyptic decay, often referring to this mise en ...

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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