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Adams, Pamela Crippen

(1961-    ) US editor whose first publication of genre interest was Friends of the Horseclans (anth 1987) with her husband Robert Adams, a Tie to Adams's Post-Holocaust Horseclans sequence, here opened up to others as a Shared World. Besides Adams himself, contributors included Steven Barnes, George Alec Effinger, Brad Linaweaver and Andre Norton. The 1989 sequel [see Checklist below] and further anthologies were all coedited with Adams, often in conjunction with Martin H ...

Synge, J L

(1897-1995) Irish physicist and author whose best-known nontechnical work of nonfiction is Science, Sense and Nonsense (1951). His novel, Kandelman's Krim: A Realistic Fantasy (1957), features a long conversation in which an Orc, a Kea, a Unicorn and a Plumber discuss the concept of infinity and instruct a passing Goddess in the foundations of Mathematics. [BS]

Tuck, Donald H

(1922-2010) Australian bibliographer and industrial manager whose bibliographical labours in sf since the late 1940s were among the most extensive in the field since the pioneering work of Everett F Bleiler. In recent decades his publications have been partially superseded, but they comprise one of the foundation Bibliographies upon which later workers have built; the increasing sophistication and breadth of coverage of his bibliographical work can be traced through the successive versions of ...

Chapman, D D

(1926-1992) US zoologist, academic and author of Red Tide (1975) with Deloris Lehman Tarzan (whom see for details). [JC]

Bantock, Nick

(1949-    ) UK artist, illustrator and author, in Canada from 1988; active as an illustrator from around 1962, with at least 300 covers credited to him, some as by Nick Fox. Much of his work, which is either collage-like or consists of actual (though clearly massaged) collages, conveys a sense that narrative energies are suppressed within the image, and threaten to become explicitly storyable, like a Cabinet of Curiosities jinxed into life: hints that his work contains ...

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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