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Rita

Pseudonym of Scottish author Eliza Margaret Jane Gollan (1850-1938), better known as Mrs Desmond Humphreys for most of her work; she was extremely prolific, and involved in Theosophy in her later years, which may have affected her work of sf interest, The Seventh Dream (coll 1905), one of whose three novellas concerns the experimental inducing of prophetic dreams, which have been transmitted from elsewhere and which describe in detail a Utopia, sometime in Earth's future. [JC]

LeVay, Simon

(1943-    ) UK author of Albrick's Gold (1998), an sf Satire in which a "cure" for homosexual Sex impulses is introduced by a homophobe. [JC]

Canty, Thomas

(1952-    ) US illustrator known for his pale, delicate style, for the Art Nouveau-inspired, ethereal women he often paints, and for his use of stylized costume details. His approach has been famously described by Terri Windling as "New Romanticism", said to contrast with the "Heroic" style associated with artists like Frank Frazetta. Canty's fame is out of proportion to the amount of work (mostly book covers) he has published, though he works also under pseudonyms. While he ...

Andom, R

Pseudonym of UK author Alfred Walter Barrett (1869-?   ), who remains best known for We Three and Troddles: A Tale of London Life (1894), to which he wrote numerous sequels, one of which, In Fear of a Throne (1911), is a Ruritanian fantasy; and for other light fiction in the mode of popular figures like Jerome K Jerome. His sf and fantasy were similarly derivative; titles of interest include The Strange Adventure of Roger Wilkins and Other Stories (coll 1895), The Identity ...

Dunyach, Jean-Claude

(1957-    ) French mathematician, aeronautical engineer and author, active from the early 1980s, his short stories being published in several volumes, beginning with Autoportrait ["Self-Portrait"] (coll 1986). Two volumes of translated tales have appeared. The Night Orchid: Conan Doyle in Toulouse (coll trans various 2004) may be initially most remarkable for its range, from Hard SF to Fabulations, but a lucid intensity of rendering marks most of his work, including ...

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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