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Rickman, Gregg

(?   -    ) US author and critic who conducted illuminating interviews with Philip K Dick – one late magazine appearance being "Piper in the Woods" (November 1990 Argosy) – and has published three volumes of this material, beginning with Philip K. Dick: In His Own Words (1984; rev 1988). The third of these, To the High Castle: Philip K. Dick: A Life 1928-1962 (1989), shows Dick through interviews with friends and other contemporaries. Rickman's The ...

Williams, T Owen

(?   -    ) UK author of whom nothing is known beyond his contribution to the Robert Hale Limited sf list of A Month for Mankind (1970) – a novel in which UFOs prove to be crewed by Aliens from planet Boran who plan to take over the Earth via the usual Invasion. [JC/DRL]

Livingston, Berkeley

(1909-1975) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "I'll Be There With Music" Fantastic Adventures for June 1943, publishing his fifty or so stories in that magazine and in its Ziff-Davis stablemate Amazing. He wrote under his own name, as by Burt B Liston, B E Liston and Lester Barclay; he also contributed work under the House Names Alexander Blade and Morris J Steele. His only book was Meteor of Death (coll 1954 chap). Much of his sf work, like Death of a B E M (October ...

Jong, Erica

(1942-    ) US poet and author, best known for the Feminist energy of her first novel, Fear of Flying (1971). Her only tale of genre interest, Serenissima: A Novel of Venice (1987; vt Shylock's Daughter: A Novel of Love in Venice 2003), is a Timeslip tale with some sf language inattentively buttressing the premise. The protagonist finds herself haunted amid the playfully sketched glitterati of the Venice film festival – where she has arrived to star in a film version ...

Pagetti, Carlo

(1945-    ) Italian critic, since 1971 Professor of English Literature, first at the University of "G. D'Annunzio", Pescara-Chieti, then in other Italian universities: Siena, Bergamo, Turin, and most recently Milan, where he has taught since 1995, occupying several roles. He coordinated the doctoral program in English studies from its founding until 2005. / His Il senso del futuro: la fantascienza nella letteratura Americana ["The Meaning of the Future: Science Fiction ...

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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