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Mattingly, David B

(1956-    ) US sf artist who has occasionally worked also under the names David Mattingly, D B Mattingly and Dave Mattingly. He received his formal art training at the Colorado Institute of Art and Pasadena's Art Center College of Design, then began working full time at Walt Disney Studios (see The Walt Disney Company), eventually becoming the head of the matte department there; among the Disney movies of sf interest on which he worked (sometimes uncredited) were The Black ...

Dunn, Mark

(1956-    ) US author and playwright who is of both sf and Oulipo interest for his first novel Ella Minnow Pea: A Progressively Lipogrammatic Epistolary Fable (2001), whose premise echoes James Thurber's The Wonderful O (1957 chap) – in which the titular O is banned from speech and writing – and ventures further with a steady loss of letters from the alphabet. The imaginary land of Nollop reveres the author of the well-known pangrammatic sentence "The quick brown ...

Birmingham, John

(1964-    ) UK-born playwright, journalist and author, in Australia from 1970, where he became active from around 1980, and where he is best-known for the non-fantastic roman à clef, He Died With a Felafel in His Hand (1994); he began to write sf with his Alternate History version of World War Two, the Axis of Time sequence comprising Weapons of Choice (2004), Designated Targets: World War 2.2 (2005; vt Designated Targets: A Novel of the Axis of Time 2005) and Final ...

Shores, Louis

(1904-1981) US librarian and author born Louis Steinberg, who changed his name to Shores in 1926; most of his published work was in library science. Of some sf interest is Looking Forward (1972), a lightly-fictionalized Future History in which America goes through a time of troubles, emerging triumphant during the 1990s. [JC]

Pepper, Frank S

(1910-1988) UK author, mostly for comics and boys' papers, perhaps best known for the Captain Condor series of adventures (23 February 1952-18 May 1974 the Lion), not all episodes being by Pepper. Big Deep (1977 chap) is a Young Adult sf novel in which radiation-caused Pollution creates Mutant Monsters Under the Sea. [JC/MA]

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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