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Teng, Tais

Pseudonym of Dutch illustrator and author Thijs van Ebbenhorst Tengbergen (1952-    ), active since about 1977, much of whose work has been sf for younger children and Young Adult audiences. He began to publish work of genre interest with "Jouw Liefde is Geen Stenen Bloem" ["Your Love Is Not a Stone Flower"] as Thijs van E Tengbergen in the Belgian Fanzine INFO-SFAN for May 1972, professionally reprinted under his full name in Dans in de Ruimte (anth 1977) edited by A van ...

Simonsen, Redmond

(1942-2005) US Game designer, inducted into the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design Hall of Fame in 1977. Simonsen was a graphic artist and Wargame enthusiast who cofounded Simulations Publications Inc (SPI) with James Dunnigan in 1969, creating the first significant competitor to the original developer of board and counter Wargames, Avalon Hill. While at SPI Simonsen concentrated on game presentation, making marked improvements to both the graphical design of SPI's games and the ...

Wolff, Jake

(?   -    ) US author whose first novel, The History of Living Forever (2019), focuses on the dance of revelations that beset and illumine the forty-year-old protagonist Conrad's understanding of his romance as a teenager with his chemistry teacher Sam, who had been searching for a recipe, possibly alchemical, that might contain the secret of Immortality. Conrad's search for various meanings – the mystery of his lover's death, the nature of immortality ...

Anderson, Jon

Working name of John Roy Anderson (1944-    ), British musician best known as the lead singer of the band Yes. Anderson's solo albums return frequently to sf subjects. His first solo release, Olias of Sunhillow (1976) is a concept-album telling the story of an alien race's escape from planetary apocalypse in a spacecraft called "Moorglade" piloted by the titular character. The album combines Moog synthesizer and Anderson's soprano crooning to atmospheric effect, and some of ...

4D Man

Film (1959; vt The Evil Force UK; vt Master of Terror US). Fairview/Universal. Coproduced and directed by Irwin Shortess Yeaworth Jr. Written by Theodore Simonson, Cy Chermak, from an idea by Jack H Harris. Cast includes James Congdon, Robert Lansing and Lee Meriwether. 85 minutes. Colour. / A small, interesting film made by the same producer/director team, Jack H Harris and Yeaworth, that had already made The Blob (1958). Lansing plays a scientist who uses his brother's research on the ...

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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