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Tate, Peter

(1940-    ) Welsh journalist and author who began publishing sf with "The Post-Mortem People" for New Worlds in 1966 (vt "Beyond the Weeds" in SF 12, anth 1968, ed Judith Merril); this was assembled with his other short fiction as Seagulls under Glass and Other Stories (coll 1975). His first novel, The Thinking Seat (1969), began a loose sequence of tales featuring the charismatic and guru-like Simeon, followed by Moon on an Iron Meadow (1974) and Faces in the Flames (1976). ...

Lucie-Smith, Edward

(1933-    ) Jamaica-born author, poet, art curator/critic and editor, in the UK from 1946, whose most notable genre contribution is his compilation of the important early sf Poetry anthology Holding Your Eight Hands: An Anthology of Science Fiction Verse (anth 1969). Contributors included Brian Aldiss, John Brunner, Robert Conquest, Thomas M Disch, John Fairfax, C S Lewis, H P Lovecraft, Lucie-Smith himself, George MacBeth, Peter Redgrove, John Sladek and D M Thomas. ...

Tournier, Michel

(1924-2016) French screenwriter and author, active in French radio and television from 1949, whose first novel – Vendredi, ou les Limbes du Pacifique (1967; trans Norman Denny as Friday; Or, the Other Island 1969; children's version Vendredi, ou la Vie sauvage 1971; trans Ralph Manheim as Friday and Robinson: Life on Speranza Island 1972) – is a Robinsonade in which what would be a career-long focus on Doppelgangers and mirrored realities is articulated through the twinned ...

Ignotus Award

The annual Award, similar in scope to the Hugo, presented by the Spanish Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror Association during the Spanish Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror Convention known as HispaCon. These awards were established in 1991, and are named in honour of Coronel Ignotus, one of the pioneering sf authors in Spain (which see). The voting system consists of two phases: election of finalists and voting; to take part in them it is necessary only to sign up for a census managed by ...

Armstrong, Jennifer

(1961-    ) US author, almost exclusively fiction and nonfiction for children and the Young Adult audience, almost none of this output (approximately 50 titles) being of sf interest. But the remarkable Young Adult Fire-Us sequence comprising Fire-Us, Book 1: The Kindling (2002), Fire-Us, Book 2: The Keepers of the Flame (2002) and Fire-Us, Book 3: The Kiln (2003), all titles written with Nancy Butcher (?   -    ), makes extremely competent ...

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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