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Sinclair, Clive

(1948-2018) UK author best known for his first novel, Bibliosexuality (1973), which not quite fantastically describes a neurotic condition involving sexual intimacy with books, as conveyed through an ultimately indecipherable narrative liaison between the author and the conveyor or victim of excessive bibliophily (see Jorge Luis Borges; Postmodernism and SF). Hearts of Gold (coll 1979) and Bedbugs (coll 1982) contain some fantasy and supernatural fiction, the first including "Uncle Vlad", a ...

Flagg, Francis

Pseudonym of Canadian-born author Henry George Weiss (1898-1946), in the US from 1919, whose birth name has also been wrongly given as George Henry Weiss; the pseudonym was adopted in memory of Francis Flagg Weiss – his brother, according to Forrest J Ackerman – who died in 1922. A US resident, Flagg began publishing sf with "The Machine Man of Ardathia" for Amazing in November 1927, part of the short Ardathia sequence about a time traveller (see Time Travel) from 19,000 CE, who ...

Nebula Anthologies

Anthologies of Nebula-winning short fiction, along with a selection of the runners-up, have been published roughly annually since the award's inception, each volume edited by a member of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (known until 1992 as Science Fiction Writers of America). The series, initially Nebula Award Stories, has occasionally been titled Nebula Award Winners and other slight variants, and from the year 2000 became Nebula Awards Showcase. The first volume was Nebula ...

Claremont, Chris

Working name of US author Christopher Simon Claremont (1950-    ) who first became known through his revitalization from 1976 of Marvel Comics's X-Men, an early 1960s title which had been temporarily retired but now became the bestselling comic in the field; the first five years of the strip are assembled as Uncanny X-Men Omnibus (graph 2006). Claremont scripted the title until he left Marvel in 1991 to begin work with Dark Horse comics, returning to Marvel in 2000, ...

Dyer, George

(1903-1978) US academic, political historian – instructor in political science at the University of Pennsylvania and Yale University – and author of two books of somewhat marginal sf interest. A Storm Is Rising (1934) is about a Near-Future conspiracy to overthrow the American government; in The Long Death: A Catalyst Club Murder Mystery (1937), a proto-nuclear physicist is murdered (by long distance X-Rays) at the point of discovering how to harness the atom (see Nuclear Energy). ...

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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