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McKean, Dave

Working name of British artist David Jeff McKean (1963-    ), primarily known for his work in Comics and Graphic Novels, though he has also painted book covers and engaged in other activities. After attending Berkshire College of Art and Design from 1982 to 1986, McKean visited New York to seek work in the comics field and met Neil Gaiman, forming a friendship that would be central for some years to both their careers. Their first collaboration was Violent Cases (graph 1987 ...

Roberts, Theodore Goodridge

(1877-1953) Canadian poet and author born George Edward Theodore Roberts, brother of Charles G D Roberts; his poetry his more alive than his brother's, though consequently – given early twentieth century Canadian literary culture – it was less known while they were active poets. His best nonfantastic work is set in the Maritime Provinces of Canada. Two novels are of sf interest. Brothers of Peril: A Story of Old Newfoundland (1905) is a Lost Race tale set, unusually, in Canada. The ...

Denaerde, Stefan

Pseudonym of Dutch entrepreneur and author Adriaan C M Beers (1924-1998) whose Buitenaardse beschaving: de planeet larga (1969; trans as Operation Survival Earth 1977; rev vt trans as UFO – Contact from Planet Larga: A Report of the Investigation 1982), describes a visitation of Extraterrestrials in UFOs from the planet Larga, which is abut ten light years from Earth. [JC]

Marshall, Archibald

Working name of UK author Arthur Hammond Marshall (1866-1934), who was prolific and popular in the early decades of the twentieth century. His Erewhonian sf Satire Upsidonia (1915) amusingly places a young man in a Parallel World, an Underground civilization somehow linked with ours, where all values, in particular Economic ones, suffer a reversal: wealth is verboten, theft is a form of giving; many comic points are lightly made. The Simple sequence beginning with Simple Stories (coll 1928) ...

Canavan, Gerry

(?   -    ) US academic whose doctorate in literature is from Duke University, Durham, North Carolina; Assistant Professor of 20th and 21st Century Literature at Marquette University, Milwaukee,Wisconsin, since 2012. He began to publish criticism of genre interest with "'We Are the Walking Dead': Race, Time, and Survival in Zombie Narrative" (Fall 2010, Extrapolation). With Kim Stanley Robinson he co-edited the Ecology-related symposium Green Planets: Ecology ...

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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