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Wu, Frank

(1964-    ) American artist and author, although he primarily earns his living by applying knowledge garnered from his PhD in bacterial genetics to the field of patent law. As a writer, Wu has mostly published short satirical pieces, some in the Journal of Irreproducible Results, although "Worlds in Collusion: A Planetary Romance" (in Visual Journeys, anth 2007, ed Eric Reynolds) attempts to strike a more serious note in describing an unusual romance. His longest piece to ...

Willard, T A

(1862-1943) US inventor, musician, entrepreneur and author of two Lost Race tales. In The Wizard of Zacna: A Lost City of the Mayas (1929), an ancient man tells the narrator of his experiences as a youth in a lost world dominated by a blonde princess who enthrals him (see She), though a brunette princess truly loves him (which kills her). Bride of the Rain God: Princess of Chichen-Itza, the Sacred City of the Incas [for full subtitles for both titles see Checklist below] (1930) is a Club Story ...

Williams, Mark London

(1959-    ) US playwright, journalist and author of whose various work the Young Adult Danger Boy sequence beginning with Ancient Fire (2001) is of sf interest. The young protagonist, son of the inventor whose Invention is a Time Machine, is forced by a combination of Time Travel and portal transfer into an Alternate World modestly similar to ours, where his adventures continue. His returns to modern California counterpoint further expeditions into various eras. Two ...

Yoneda Hitoshi

(1955-    ) Japanese artist and illustrator, a drop-out from the Kyoto City University of the Arts who soon found a career in sf Fantasy and game Illustration, in which he gained renown in particular for his images of dragons (see Supernatural Creatures). Notable covers include several works by Yoshiki Tanaka, although Yoneda is much better known through his Games work, including the various iterations of Seiken Densetsu ["Holy Sword Legend"] (1989; vt Secret of Mana, Legend ...

Scieszka, Jon

(1954-    ) US author best known for his numerous picture books for younger children, often reworkings of fantasy and folk tale materials [not given in the Checklist below]. He is of sf interest primarily for two series, the Time Warp Trio tales for younger readers, beginning with Knights of the Kitchen Table (1991 chap), in which a mysterious Book serves as a Time Machine, bringing the three young protagonists to a variety of worlds, some entirely imaginary, some set in a ...

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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