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Barker, Martin

(1946-2022), UK academic and scholar of media and cultural studies at the University of the West of England, the University of Sussex and (from 2001) Aberystwyth University, where in his last years he was professor emeritus. He began to publish studies of genre relevance with A Haunt of Fears: The Strange History of the British Horror Comics Campaign (1984), which explored the religious and political machinations behind the titular scaremongering of 1949-1955 which led to a UK government ban in ...

Brooks, Walter R

(1886-1958) US journalist and author, active from 1915, publishing at least 200 stories by 1944, and including a nonfiction stint with the New Yorker 1932-1933. His most obvious success during these years was the Mr Ed sequence of twenty-three tales about a talking horse and his drunken owner, beginning with "The Talking Horse" (18 September 1937 Liberty), some of them assembled as The Original Mr Ed (coll 1963); the Television series Mister Ed (1961-1966) was based on this work. Beyond some ...

Verhelst, Peter

(1962-    ) Belgian/Flemish poet, playwright and author, active from the mid 1980s; at least two of his novels are of genre interest. In Tongkat: Een Verhalenbordeel ["Tonguecat: A Story Brothel"] (1999; trans Sherry Marx as Tonguecat: A Novel 2003), the titan Prometheus leaves his primordial world and comes to an unnamed Labyrinthine Near Future City beginning to disintegrate physically and culturally as the consequences of a sudden ice age grip more and more fiercely; the ...

Dick, Philip K

(1928-1982) US author, one of the most important figures in twentieth-century Genre SF and an author of general significance. He is a figure who helps define by contrast those identified in this Encyclopedia as Mainstream Writers of SF: writers, that is, whose comprehension of the significant literatures of the last century has sometimes seemed less than full. An author like Thomas Pynchon, who is not described in this encyclopedia as mainstream, will understand what he owes Dick; a mainstream ...

Saadawi, Ahmed

(1973-    ) Iraqi screenwriter, poet, documentary film maker and author; he is of sf interest for Farankanstayin fi Baghdad ["Frankenstein in Baghdad"] (2013; trans Jonathan Wright as Frankenstein in Baghdad 2018), set in 2005 during the American occupation of Iraq. A Baghdad merchant sews together the body parts of victims of the violence that spring; this spatchcocked corpse is soon possessed by the recently dead soul of a security guard (see Fantastika; Frankenstein ...

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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