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Nagaoka Shūsei

Working name of Shūzō Nagaoka (1936-2015), a Japanese artist who specialized in graphic design and album cover Illustration. Nagaoka was born in Nagasaki but raised on the remote island of Iki in south-west Japan; his first published work appeared in the magazine Chūgakusei no Tomo ["Middle Schooler's Friend"] in 1955, before he had finished high school. He dropped out of Musashino Art University in 1958 to pursue a career in commercial art, and established an art studio in ...

Hathway, Alan

(1906-1977) Author, presumably US, known only for his four 1941 contributions to the Doc Savage universe, all under the usual House Name for that series: Kenneth Robeson. These began with "The Devil's Playground" (January 1941 Doc Savage; 1970). The remaining episodes – "The Rustling Death" (May 1941 Doc Savage), featuring a disintegration Weapon, "The Headless Men" (June 1941 Doc Savage), whose Mad Scientist controls a horde of decapitated but still living slaves, and "The Mindless ...

Wuxia

"Martial Heroes". A shorthand term often employed in writings on Chinese fiction and film, denoting the adventures of martial artists. Originally a calque of the Japanese term bukyō, introduced in the adventure novels of Shunrō Oshikawa around 1902, the term was co-opted by a community of authors scrambling to address the Matter of China in troubled modern times. [For Matter see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below.] China during the Qing era (1644-1911) was ruled by a ...

Young, Florence Ethel

(1875-1945) UK author mostly of romances from the turn of the century to about 1936; of sf interest is The War of the Sexes (1905), set in a distant Near Future as envisioned in a dream where the Invention in the twentieth century of a fertility drug for rabbits has caused the virtual elimination of the human male; women breed by parthenogenesis. [JC]

Rayner, Jacqueline

(?   -    ) UK author long associated with the Doctor Who universe, for which she has written numerous Ties, beginning with Doctor Who: Earthworld (2001), including some associated Professor Bernice Summerfield books, beginning with Professor Bernice Summerfield and the Squire's Crystal (2001). Her later contributions to Merlin, a fantasy series for Television, begin with Merlin: The Magic Begins (2009) [JC]

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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