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Schwarz, Mauricio-José

(1955-    ) Mexican author and photographer who for seven years had an sf column in the country's daily newspaper Excelsior; he has lived in Spain since 1999. He is the author of about 50 short stories, many sf or horror. Schwarz was the first winner, in 1984, of the Puebla Award for Best SF Short Story in Mexico with his tale "La pequena guerra" ["The Smallest War"]. Some of his stories are collected in Escenas de la realidad virtual ["Scenes from Virtual Reality"] (coll ...

O'Reilly, John

(1906-1981) US journalist and war correspondent who wrote The Glob (18 February 1952 Life Magazine; exp 1952 chap), an explanation of the theory of Evolution and the Origin of Man, couched in fictional form for younger readers as the life-story of the eponymous creature who crawls out of the swamp and becomes, by stages, Homo sapiens. The earlier pages have some distant relationship to Prehistoric SF. Though perfectly competent, the fable is now primarily remembered for the many vivid ...

Ritt, William

(1901-1972) US cartoonist and author, whose best known Comic strip, Brick Bradford, is Space Opera (for details see entry on the strip). The strip's first two storylines were revised as two Big Little Books: Brick Bradford and the City Beneath the Sea (1933-1934 Brick Bradford; rev graph 1934) and Brick Bradford with Brocco the Mountain Buccaneer (1934-1935 Brick Bradford; rev graph 1938). [JC/DRL]

Martin, George R R

(1948-    ) US editor and author whose career can be divided into four overlapping parts, in more or less chronological order: as a writer of sf; as a writer and producer for television; as an editor of original Anthologies; and as a dominant creator of dynasty fantasy. He began to publish work of genre interest with "The Hero" for Galaxy in February 1971, and his success was thereafter rapid. "A Song for Lya" (June 1974 Analog), a novella about a human convert to an alien ...

Brust, Steven

(1955-    ) Hungarian-descended US author, almost exclusively of Fantasy, notably the long Vlad Taltos series and the swashbuckling Alexandre Dumas-like Khaavren Romances set earlier in the same universe. He is mentioned here chiefly for Cowboy Feng's Space Bar and Grille (1990), an intermittently comic spoof about a saloon which dodges atomic Holocausts by leaping through time and space to other planets, where a mysterious enemy awaits. / Some of Brust's novels, like ...

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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