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Hunter, Mel

Working name of American artist Milford Joseph Hunter III (1927-2004). After growing up with an abusive father, Hunter attended Northwestern University in Illinois before moving to California, where he worked as an artist for Northrop Aircraft Corporation. But he began seeking employment as a freelance artist, and in early 1953 he sold his first cover to Galaxy magazine, depicting some men preparing a spaceship for flight, unusually observed from above. As early covers indicate, Hunter's human ...

Dixon, Don

(1951-    ) American artist, long a resident of California. A passion for stargazing, and his admiration of artist Chesley Bonestell, led the young Dixon to begin painting and selling his own astronomical paintings in the early 1970s. These brought Dixon an invitation to work on a documentary film for NASA, leading to his involvement in other film projects and assignments to paint magazine and book covers. He is credited for his contributions to three genre-related films ...

Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, The

Film (1953). Mutual Pictures/Warner Bros. Director Eugène Lourié. Written by Lou Morheim, Fred Freiberger, based on "The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms" (23 June 1951 Saturday Evening Post; vt "The Fog Horn" in The Golden Apples of the Sun, coll 1953) by Ray Bradbury. Cast includes Paul Christian, Cecil Kellaway, Paula Raymond and Kenneth Tobey. 80 minutes. Black and white. / This was the second of the 1950s Monster Movies – the first being The Thing (1951) – and the ...

Moore, David Thomas

(?   -    ) Australian anthologist, publisher and author, in the UK from before 2000, who began publishing work of genre interest with "An Unburdening of the Soul" in Pandemonium: Stories of the Smoke (anth 2012) edited by Anne C Perry and Jared Shurin, one of an assortment of tales about London (see Horror in SF). To the Pax Britannia Shared World sequence he has contributed Pax Britannia: The Ultimate Secret (2013 ebook), which is set in an Alternate History ...

Kunzru, Hari

(1969-    ) UK journalist and author, active from around 1995. In Transmission (2003), his first novel of sf interest, a programmer for a firm involved in biomedical research is laid off, and in revenge releases a Computer virus whose dissemination causes chaos as Communications systems collapse worldwide (see also Information Theory). Gods Without Men (2011) Equipoisally generates a sense of the god Coyote as both Shapeshifter and manipulator of Dimensions, possibly ...

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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