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Beck, Clyde F

(1912-1986) US fan and critic who wrote the first work of criticism devoted to American sf: Hammer and Tongs (coll 1937 chap). This is assembled from four essays and reviews contributed to The Science Fiction Critic – an early Fanzine edited by Beck's brother Claire P Beck – with a newly written author's preface. Beck also contributed occasionally to other sf/fantasy magazines such as the ...

Sandler, Karen

(?   -    ) US author, initially of romances, some with supernatural elements (they are not listed below); of sf interest is the Tankborn sequence, comprising to date Tankborn (2011) and Awakening (2013), set on a planet where Genetically Engineered slaves, the "tankborn", suffer privations until it begins to become clear that their world is a Dystopia ...

Rex the Runt

UK stop-frame animated tv series (1998-2001). Aardman Animations for BBC Bristol. Created by Richard Goleszowski (aka Richard Starzak). Executive producers: Paul Kofod, Peter Lord, Colin Rose, Michael Rose, David Sproxton and Tom Van Waveren. Writers include Andrew Franks, Richard Starzak and Kevin Wrench. Directors include Richard Starzak. Voice cast includes Steve Box, Andrew Franks, Elisabeth Hadley, Andrew Jeffers, Colin Rote and Kevin Wrench. 26 ten-minute episodes. Colour. / ...

Wittig, Monique

(1935-2003) French author, in US from 1976, whose first novel with sf interest, Les Guérillères (1969; trans David Le Vay as Les Guérillères 1971), transforms the arguments of Feminism into a series of narrative litanies that work movingly to describe an abstract "tribe" of lesbian Amazons in a constant state of warfare with their natural enemy; the novel balances Equipoisally ...

Gardner, Gilson

(1869-1935) US author of A New Robinson Crusoe: A New Version of his Life and Adventures, With an Explanatory Note (1920), an updating of various Robinsonade tropes; the protagonist is becomes a castaway due to a plane crash; there are hints of Inventions in the air, which edge the text into sf. [JC]

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. He began to publish work of genre interest with an sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" in Triquarterly for Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959]; he began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and later in ...

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