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Fass, Myron

(1926-2006) US comics artist – active from 1948 to the mid-1950s – highly prolific magazine publisher since the 1950s, and editor. He published many Comics – principally as Eerie Publications (which see) 1966-1981 and M F Enterprises (which see) 1966-1967, the latter responsible for a version of Captain Marvel – and many magazines in ...

Hansen, Rob

(1954-    ) UK fan, active in Fandom since the mid-1970s, who has edited and co-edited numerous Fanzines including his debut production Epsilon (18 issues 1976-1985) and Pulp (19 issues 1986-1991); his artwork has appeared in many fanzines including his own. He was the 1984 TransAtlantic Fan Fund delegate (see Fan Funds). From 1987 he has released the ...

Doughty, Charles M

(1843-1926) UK explorer and author whose Travels in Arabia Deserta (1888) profoundly influenced T E Lawrence (1888-1935), among others. The increasingly difficult, archaic language of Doughty's later work, a series of book-length poems, as well as the austerity of their arguments, has kept them from as wide acclaim as his great work on Arabia, which was not only hypnotically written, but also deeply reliable as an anthropological and geographical dissection of a virtually unknown ...

Wolf, Christa

(1929-2011) German author, most of whose creative life was spent in East Germany, where her career was difficult but ultimately – though perhaps not until her last decade – recognized in moat-defensive reunited Germany as triumphant. "Selbstversuch" ["Self-Experiment"] (February 1973 Sinn und Form), filmed for Television as Selbstversuch (1990) directed by Peter Bird, is a radical exercise in ...

Sweeney-Baird, Christina

(1993-    ) UK lawyer and author whose first novel, The End of Men (2021), is set in Near Future Britain devastated by a savage Pandemic which has proved fatal to almost all males, a familiar topos examined previously in such works as Brian W Aldiss's Greybeard (1964), P D James's The Children of Men (1992) ...

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. He began to publish work of genre interest with an sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" in Triquarterly for Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959]; he began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and later in ...



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