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Delany, Samuel R

(1942-    ) US author and critic, one of the most influential and most discussed within the genre; he has taught at several universities from 1975, and was professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Massachusetts Amherst 1988-1999, of English at SUNY Buffalo 1999-2000, and of English and Creative Writing at Temple University in Philadelphia since 2001. He has a somewhat mixed cultural background: he is Black, born and raised in Harlem, New York, and therefore ...

Carroll, Ted

(1925-1998) US author of an sf novel, White Pills (1964), one of several post-World War Two Satires on Black-white relations in America; in this case, the eponymous pill is capable of turning Blacks into whites. [JC]

Achilleos, Chris

(1947-2021) Working name of British artist Christos Achilléos, born in Famagusta, Cyprus; he moved to Britain at the age of twelve after his father died. After graduating from the Hornsey College of Art in 1969, Achilleos began receiving assignments to do book covers for British publishers; his covers for reprints of Edgar Rice Burroughs's Pellucidar novels were very unremarkable, but he displayed more creativity in works like his 1972 cover for an edition of Curt Siodmak's Donovan's ...

Churchill, Caryl

(1938-    ) UK playwright, active and prolific from 1958, around forty of whose plays have been professionally presented on Radio, Television and the stage (see Theatre). Though much of her work, as typical in the Theatre, makes metaphorized use of fantasy topoi, several of her many dramas can be experienced in terms of literal Fantastika. Moving Clocks Go Slow (performed 1975) is set in the Near Future, after decades of Ecological degradation has caused worldwide ...

Millet, F D

(1846-1912) US painter, sculptor, journalist and author whose Capillary Crime and Other Stories (coll 1892) contains several mystery tales with sf explanations. He was one of four authors of sf – the others are John Jacob Astor, Jacques Futrelle and W T Stead – who went down with the Titanic. [JC]

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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