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Galdone, Paul

(1907-1986) American artist, born in Hungary, who moved to the United States at the age of fourteen. At some time he received artistic training at the Art Students' League and the New York School for Industrial Design, but he did not begin working for book publishers until after World War II. While he became best known for his work in children's books, Galdone also worked four years for Doubleday, garnering a few assignments to provide covers for adult books, including C M Kornbluth's The ...

Côté, Denis

(1954-    ) Canadian author whose first two novels, marketed like their successors as juveniles, were Les Hockeyeurs cybernétiques (1983; trans lated by Jane Brierley as Shooting for the Stars 1990), a tale marked by a high degree of invention in its depiction of the adventures of the eponymous hockey player and a female journalist in Lost Ark, a Dystopia; further volumes in the Inactifs sequence include L'idole des inactifs ["A Star for the Idle Masses"] (1989), La ...

Downing, Peggy

(1924-2013) US author of books for children and Young Adults, author of the Exitorn Adventures sequence beginning with Brill and the Dragators (1987), which provides a Christian slant on Space Opera for younger readers. Apparent singletons include Help! I'm Drowning! and Other Emergencies (1985) and Help! I'm Shrinking! (1986). [JC]

Congreve, Bill

(1959-    ) Australian writer, editor, critic, bookseller and publisher, married to Michelle Marquardt, who founded the Small Press MirrorDanse Books in 1994. Before this he had had several stories published, starting with "Collector" in Aphelion for Summer 1986/1987, and had edited various Anthologies, the first being Intimate Armageddons (anth 1992). Of particular note is the Year's Best Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy series which ran for four years between 2005 ...

Thomas, Elizabeth Marshall

(1931-    ) US anthropologist and author whose expeditions to Africa between 1950 and 1956 resulted in her first book, the nonfiction The Harmless People (1959), about the Bushmen of the Kalahari Desert. Her two novels are of interest as intense examples of Prehistoric SF, where speculations about Homo sapiens that cannot be claimed to bear the warrant of professional testability serve as Thought Experiments through which to notate visions of our coming to be human. 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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