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Draper, Allyn

A House Name used in such journals as The Boys of New York (see Boys' Papers) and Young Men of America by various authors including Francis W Doughty, Thomas H Hanshew, Dennis O'Sullivan, Harvey K Shackleford, Cornelius Shea, William Howard Van Orden (see Howard de Vere) and others not identified. [JC/SH]

Clowes, W Laird

(1856-1905) UK author who specialized in naval history, sometimes controversially (usually writing as Nautilus); a nonfiction study, Black America: A Study of the Ex-Slave and his Master (1891), predicts a twentieth-century race war. His work of sf interest is exclusively nautical: The Great Naval War of 1887 (1886 St James Gazette; 1887 chap) with Commander C N Robinson, both anonymous, detailedly depicts a French naval victory in a Future War against Britain; The Captain of the "Mary Rose": A ...

Kraftwerk

Enormously influential group of German electronic musicians, formed by Ralf Hütter (1946-    ) and Florian Schneider-Esleben (1947-2020) in 1970. The group achieved international fame as a quartet, with drummer Wolfgang Flür (1947-    ) and Karl Bartos (1952-    ), following the release of their fourth album Autobahn (1974). The 20-minute title track reproduces a car journey on its titular motorway, from the initial ignition ...

Sladek, John T

(1937-2000) US author who spent two decades in the UK from 1966, becoming involved in the UK New-Wave movement centred on Michael Moorcock's New Worlds, and co-editing with Pamela Zoline Ronald Reagan: The Magazine of Poetry (two issues 1968), where work by both editors, J G Ballard, Thomas M Disch and others appeared. In the mid-1980s he returned to Minneapolis, a town which had long supplied local colour to many of his more severely satirical stories, whose protagonists ricochet through their ...

de la Ree, Gerry

(1924-1993) US fan, newspaper sports editor, art collector and Small-Press publisher, chiefly of limited-edition art books assembling work by Hannes Bok, Edd Cartier, Stephen Fabian and Virgil Finlay. Edited works include Bok: A Tribute to the Late Fantasy Artist (anth 1974 chap) with Sam Moskowitz, and Klarkash-ton and Monstro Ligriv (anth 1974 chap), the latter assembling unpublished poetry by Clark Ashton Smith, artwork and poetry by Virgil Finlay, and letters from Smith to Finlay. De la Ree ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...



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