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Raines, Theron

(1925-2012) US literary agent and author in whose sf novel, The Singing: A Fable about What Makes us Human (1988), a team of Martians crashes its UFO into the Guggenheim Museum in New York, where one of them, according to plan, meets and impregnates the human girl through whose eyes the tale is told. Both sides get what they need: for Mars new blood, and for the Earth unsubtle flattery of our tough and obdurate human stock. One senses that the author thought his storyline possessed some ...

Manchess, Gregory

(1955-    ) US painter, illustrator and author, active from the late 1970s. His work, which has appeared widely, is conspicuously painterly; though he is entirely capable of creating dynamic "action" Superheroes flexing their musculature in the usual fashion, his landscape-dominated vistas, with their traditional (if heightened) use of perspective, are perhaps more reminiscent of the work of a similarly painterly illustrator like N C Wyeth (1882-1945) than contemporary ...

Hiller, B B

Working name of US author Barbara B Hiller (1946-    ), who as Bonnie Bryant has written a large number of Young Adult novels, almost all of them set in venues like Dude Ranches, where romance and adventures flourish. As Hiller, she wrote several "pick-your-own-plot" titles, like Camp-Out on Danger Mountain (1984 chap), a Twist-a-Plot tale and two associated Pick-a-Plot narrative projects, some of these with her husband, Neil W Hiller. Further titles include several Ties to ...

Harvey, Colin

(1960-2011) UK author who began publishing work of genre interest in professional magazines with "On the Rock" for Albedo One #35 in 2008 (no month given), and published several further stories over the next three years. His first, rather tentative novels – Vengeance (2001), Lightning Days (2006), The Silk Palace (2007) and Blind Faith (2008) – range from Space Opera to Dystopian depictions of the Near Future. Winter Song (2009), typical of his later and more assured work, subjects ...

Smollett, Tobias

(1721-1771) Scottish medical practitioner (he did not gain a degree), journalist, translator, poet and author whose reputation has always suffered – certainly among the more dignified critics – through the sometimes distorting savagery of his Satire, a saeva indignatio he shares with other eighteenth century authors like Jonathan Swift. His first significant work of fiction in this vein, The Adventures of Roderick Random (1748 2vols), has also been deprecated by later critics for ...

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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