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Sjón

Pseudonym of Icelandic singer-songwriter, poet and author Sigurjón Birgir Sigurðsson (1962-    ), who has performed with the rock band The Sugarcubes as Johnny Triumph, and with Björk under his own name; he has been active as a poet since the later 1970s, beginning to publish prose fiction a decade later with Stálnótt ["Night of Steel"] (1987), where Icelandic Mythology and rock (see Music; SF Music) "speak" to one another. The exploration and ...

Shawn, Wallace

(1943-    ) US actor and playwright, very active in the former capacity; some of his roles – including a part of Strange Invaders (1983), the comic villain Vizzini in The Princess Bride (1987) and Grand Negus Zek in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine – are of genre interest. As a playwright, the transgressive and Absurdist works of his earlier career, which began with The Hotel Play (1970), gradually gained narrative clarity and political focus, though without losing a ...

Cameron, Eleanor

(1912-1996) Canadian-born US author whose career was exclusively devoted to children's literature, and who received the National Book Award in 1974 for one of her finer fantasies, The Court of the Stone Children (1973). She remains perhaps best known for the sf Mushroom Planet sequence with which she began her career: The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet (1954), Stowaway to the Mushroom Planet (1956), Mr Bass's Planetoid (1958), A Mystery for Mr Bass (1960) and Time and Mr Bass (1967), ...

Ségur, Nicolas

Pseudonym of Greek journalist and author Nikólaos Episkopópoulos (1874-1944), in France from 1902, having already published in various Greek journals in the 1890s under his own name; his French publications were always as by Ségur. Long association with Anatole France resulted in several nonfiction studies and memoirs [not listed below]. Two of his works of sf interest, both of them reflecting a sense of the Decadence of the West after World War One, have been assembled as ...

Brunt, Captain Samuel

Pseudonym of the unidentified author of A Voyage to Cacklogallinia; with a Description of the Religion, Policy, Customs and Manners of that Country (1727); the facsimile edition of this rare text (1940), with an introduction by Marjorie Nicolson, is useful; the novel itself, best understood as a Satire on British politics, commerce and culture, takes Captain Brunt first to an unknown Caribbean Island inhabited by immense talking fowl – making this a Beast Fable [see The Encyclopedia of ...

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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