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Pelham, David

(1938-    ) UK illustrator, and art director of Penguin Books 1968-1980. Although his work in sf illustration necessarily took second place to his professional duties at Penguin, he designed some fine covers in that period, notably those for the 1970s Penguin editions of J G Ballard's novels and Anthony Burgess's A Clockwork Orange (1962). He uses the airbrush effectively and his smooth, symbolic, simplified shapes are instantly recognizable; his illustrations would be at ...

Eshkar, Shelley

(1970-    ) American artist. His background and interests are unlike those of traditional sf artists, for after receiving a BFA from the Cooper Union School of Art in 1993, he has focused most of his attention on digital art, experimental animation, and multimedia presentations, often collaborating with artist Paul Kaiser. He has become a fixture of the New York art scene, regularly exhibiting his innovative artwork and films at museums and staging unusual dance recitals in ...

Green, Roland J

(1944-    ) US author whose first sale was the first volume in the Wandor Sword-and-Sorcery sequence (see listing below), though his first published work was a volume in the similar Richard Blade sequence [see Checklist below – he wrote numbers 9 through 37, with the exception of number 30] under the House Name Jeffrey Lord. His sf has generally been written in collaboration, notably two volumes in the Janissaries sequence of Military SF with Jerry Pournelle, ...

Shannon, Samantha

(1991-    ) UK author whose Young Adult Paige Mahoney sequence – beginning with The Bone Season (2013), with six further volumes projected – is set in the Near Future of an Alternate History Britain, the Jonbar Point being the 1859 introduction of various forms of Magic, described in sf-like terms as Psi Powers; at points these powers may seem uneasily integrated into the public world, though the young protagonist, whose speciality is Dream Hacking, is part of ...

Yukimura Makoto

(1976-    ) Japanese artist and author whose sole sf work to date gained him the premier accolade in Japanese Fandom, in two media. A drop-out from the Tama Art University in Tokyo, Yukimura became an art assistant to the Manga creator Shin Morimura before finding fame with his debut work Planetes (graph 2000-2004 Comic Morning; coll 2001-2004). Trading on gritty realism and Near Future Hard SF in the style of Yukinobu Hoshino, Planetes depicts life in Earth orbit in the ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...



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