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Castellucci, Cecil

(1969-    ) US rock singer, comics writer and author, in Canada for several years from early adulthood; in her music career she works under the name Cecil Seaskull, being most active as a performer during the 1990s. She began to publish work of genre interest with "Lights, Camera, Action" in Magic in the Mirrorstone (anth 2008) edited by Steve Berman; her novels, all to date written for the Young Adult market, include some of sf ...

Babbage, Charles

(1791-1871) UK mathematician and inventor, a founder of the Analytical Society in 1811, and a Fellow of the Royal Society from 1816; the first of his nearly 100 technical papers, "On continued products", appeared in 1813. His recognition of the necessity for accurate calculation of mathematical tables, as used in navigation and astronomy – after a particular bad set of calculations, he is famously reported to have said, "I wish to God these calculations had been executed by steam" – ...

Chiang, Ted

(1967-    ) US author who has produced several stories since he began to publish work of genre interest with "Tower of Babylon" for Omni in November 1990, which won the first of his four Nebula awards to date, for best novelette; he also received the John W Campbell Award for best new writer in 1992. His second Nebula was for "Story of Your Life" (in Starlight 2, anth ...

Hasse, Henry

(1913-1977) US fan and sf author who frequently worked in collaboration with others – notably A Fedor, with whom he published his first story "The End of Tyme" (November 1933 Wonder Stories) and its sequel in the Tyme sequence, "The Return of Tyme" (August 1934 Wonder Stories); Emil Petaja, whose pseudonym E Theodore Pine he once shared; and Ray ...

Noyes, Alfred

(1880-1958) UK poet and man of letters, often resident in the USA or Canada; best known during his life for extremely conservative lyric verse and for long narrative poems like The Flower of Old Japan: A Dim, Strange Tale for All Ages (1903 chap) or The Forest of Wild Thyme: A Tale for Children Under Ninety (1905 chap), which sentimentalize the Matter of Japan in fantasy terms, with fairies present; and The Torchbearers ...

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 ...



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