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Wexler, Robert Freeman

(1961-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Suspension" in Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet for June 2001, which was later assembled in his first collection, Psychological Methods to Sell Should Be Destroyed (coll 2008). Its multiple transactions with the generic agencies of Fantastika have been described as surreal, but might be as fittingly thought ...

Butler, Andrew M

(?   -    ) UK academic and critic whose PhD from the University of Hull was published as Ontology and Ethics in the Writings of Philip K. Dick (1995); he returned to Philip K Dick with The Pocket Essential Philip K. Dick (2000), the first of several books he wrote in the Pocket Essentials series of short introductions. / Though his academic interests include various aspects of critical ...

Harrison, Payne

(1948-    ) US journalist and author of Technothrillers, two of which edge into sf: Storming Intrepid (1989), which extrapolates a Near Future USSR/USA conflict based on a development of Star Wars (events soon outdated the tale); and Thunder of Erebus (1991), also set in the Near Future, during a peril-inducing expedition to drill deep into the ...

McGuire, Patrick L

(1949-    ) US researcher whose Princeton doctoral thesis was revised as a book, Red Stars: Political Aspects of Soviet Science Fiction (1985), one of the more useful sources on sf in Russia, although carrying the story only as far as 1976. McGuire translated Vozvrashchenie (Polden'. 22-i vek) (1962; rev as Polden', XXII vek (Vozvrashchenie) 1967; the latter trans as Noon: 22nd Century 1978 ...

Pearce, Howard D

(1931-2004) US scholar of fantastic literature who also wrote as H D Pearce. He co-edited The Scope of the Fantastic [see Checklist for subtitle] (anth 1985) with Robert A Collins, being the collected papers from the inaugural International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts (1980-current); and also co-edited the later volume Forms of the Fantastic [see Checklist for subtitle] (anth 1986) with Jan Hokenson. [DRL]

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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