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Nanovic, John L

(1906-2001) Austro-Hungarian-born US editor and author, in the USA from early childhood; Sam Moskowitz, in "Me and My Shadow" (May 1990 Pulp Vault #7), records an interview with Nanovic in which he claims to have been born in Palmerton, Pennsylvania on 7 October 1907. From 1931 he was associated with Street & Smith, for whom he edited The Shadow from 1932 to 1943 (see The Shadow); and was also involved in developing the figure of Doc Savage for the firm, writing the initial treatment which ...

Baird, Jon

(?   -    ) US film art director and author who is of some sf interest for The Explorers Guild, Volume One: A Passage to Shambhala (2015) with Kevin Costner, Stephen Meyer and Rick Ross; a second, fuller title-page in "period" gear, providing an informative continuation of the subtitle, reads Being an Introduction to that Secret Society and an Account of Certain Travelers in their Far-Faring Search for the Sacred City Yrs 1912-1918. Baird seems to be the main ...

Mesnay, Henry

(?   -    ) French author of La Redoutable secret (1948; trans anon as The Formidable Secret 1952), a Lost World tale set in the mountains of Asia, where the manuscript of a survivor of the fall of Atlantis is discovered far Underground. [JC]

Laidlaw, Marc

(1960-    ) US Videogame writer and author who began publishing work of genre interest with "A Hiss of Dragon" with Gregory Benford for Omni in December 1978. He published solo stories with some frequency in the 1980s, including "400 Boys" (November 1983 Omni), whose inclusion in Bruce Sterling's Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology (anth 1986) elected him to the influential Cyberpunk cohort. But his best-known short work from this period is perhaps the Delbert and Zeb ...

Rucker, Rudy

Working name of US mathematician, computer programmer and author Rudolf von Bitter Rucker (1946-    ), who has advanced degrees in Mathematics from Rutgers University, concentrating on transfinite mathematics and multidimensional geometry. Like many sf writers, he began very early to produce stories, but unlike most who became successful he had difficulty placing his work, in which mathematical concepts and diagrams tended to generate both plot and venue, these Thought ...

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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