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Thomas D Clareson Award

Instituted in 1995 and named in honour of Thomas D Clareson, the Thomas D Clareson Award for Distinguished Service is presented by the Science Fiction Research Association for outstanding service activities, specified as the promotion of SF teaching and study, editing, reviewing, editorial writing, publishing, organizing meetings, mentoring, and leadership in SF/fantasy organizations. Though early awards were presented to people already prominent in other areas of science fiction, recipients ...

McCardell, Roy L

(1870-?1961) US screenwriter and author, whose extremely early Tie, The Diamond from the Sky: A Romantic Novel (coll of linked stories 1916), puts in book form his own filmscript about an Asteroid with a great diamond at its heart which plummets into seventeenth-century western America. McCardell also appeared as himself in the live-action prologue to Winsor McCay's pioneering animated film, Gertie the Dinosaur (1914). [JC]

Craig, Colin

(?   -?   ) US author – possibly the pseudonym of Henry Spencer Booth, in whose name his only novel is copyrighted – whose A Suitor from the Stars (1928) confusedly portrays Earth as part of a Galactic Empire – unbeknownst to Earthlings – and subject to incursions by mysterious Aliens pursuing other mysterious aliens, one of whom is about to marry a beautiful coed. [JC]

Lovecraft, H P

(1890-1937) US author who spent almost all his life in Providence, Rhode Island, maintaining extensive social contacts mainly by mail. He was an important figure by correspondence in the careers of many authors who later published work clearly influenced by him; and the correspondence between him and Robert E Howard illuminates these two solitary (but intensely communicative) figures. He joined the United Amateur Press Association (see APA) in 1914 and produced much of his early fiction in ...

Montimore, Margarita

(?   -    ) US author whose first novel of psychic distress and disarray, Asleep from Day (2018), investigates the one-day Amnesia of its protagonist through scenes that bleed into the fantastic (see Fantastika), though without any explicit dissolving of borders. She is of sf interest for her second novel, Oona Out of Order (2020; vt The Rearranged Life of Oona Lockhart 2020), whose protagonist, every New Year's Day, is Timeslipped into a different year of her ...

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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