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Pringle, David

(1950-    ) Scottish editor and author, long resident in England but back in Scotland from 2004, who served as Research Fellow for the Science Fiction Foundation in East London 1978-1979 and as editor of Foundation 1980-1986. With Malcolm Edwards he was one of the prime movers in the eight-strong collective which founded Interzone in 1982, eventually becoming its sole editor and publisher in 1988 and co-editing all five anthologies taken from the magazine: Interzone: The ...

Hervey, Maurice H

(circa 1854-?   ) UK journalist and author active at the end of the nineteenth century. The protagonist of his sf novel, David Dimsdale, M.D.: A Story of Past and Future (1897), awakens in 1920 (see Sleeper Awakes) to find ubiquitous electrical advances plus the daughter of the woman he'd loved in 1895. He ends up marrying the daughter. [JC]

Cross, John Keir

(1914-1967) Scottish editor and author, beginning with Radio scripts for the BBC from before World War Two, his best known series, which he edited and contributed to, being the radio Horror anthology show The Man in Black (8 episodes 1949 BBC), for which he adapted stories by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Robert Louis Stevenson and others. His Television adaptations included John Wyndham's The Kraken Wakes (28 April 1954 BBC). Some of his books for younger children, written as Stephen MacFarlane, ...

Herring, Michael

(1947-    ) Prolific US illustrator, now resident in Australia, active in several other genres as well as sf. Herring received his art education in London at the Byam Shaw School of Drawing and Painting (1967-69) and at the University of California, Long Beach (1969-70). For the next several years he tried to make a living as a fine artist in California. In 1975 he moved to New York City and began working as a professional illustrator. Until about 1990 he worked in oils on ...

Mertz, Joshua

(?   -    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Cat Got Your Tongue" for Aboriginal in Winter 1997, and whose first novel, Machine Dreams (2000) – not to be confused with the nonfantastic Machine Dreams (1984) by Jayne Anne Phillips (1952-    ) – a Near Future tale set in megalopolitan San Frangeles and featuring a conflicted hero with Amnesia who somehow conceals within his fractured (or unfinished) mind ...

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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