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Meltzoff, Stanley

(1917-2006) US commercial artist who became best known for his paintings of game fish and underwater scenes. He worked in oils, and in the 1950s produced a series of influential paperback sf covers in realistic mode for the Signet imprint of New American Library. These included the 1953 paperbacks of Isaac Asimov's The Currents of Space (October-December 1952 Astounding; 1952) and A E van Vogt's Destination: Universe (coll 1952); his cover for Robert A Heinlein's The Puppet Masters ...

Mirage Press

US Small Press publishing primarily fantasy-related material and taking its name from Mirage, a successful 1960s Fanzine published by Jack L Chalker. Chalker began issuing books under the Mirage logo in 1961, beginning with his own The New H.P. Lovecraft Bibliography (1961 chap) and including A Figment of a Dream (1962 chap) by David H Keller. The Mirage Press took on a more formal existence in 1967, with new financing; later publications include The Conan Reader (coll 1968), a collection of ...

Berry, Jedediah

(1977-    ) US editor and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Inheritance" in The Fairy Tale Review for 2007, and although his work is not generally thought of as sf, his first novel, The Manual of Detection (2009), imparts very considerable Equipoisal energy to the story of Charles Unwin, a detective whose investigations into his predecessor's apparent triumphs gradually unpack a deeply insecure world. Beleaguered by colleagues in the detective agency ...

Grant, Richard

(1952-    ) US author; he lived with Elizabeth Hand from 1988 to 1996. Grant began writing work of genre interest with "Drode's Equations" for New Dimensions 12 (anth 1981) edited by Marta Randall, and came to rapid prominence with three novels of mixed sf/fantasy provenance, set in the same Post-Holocaust land, almost certainly the USA, but transfigured by time and events. The first, Saraband of Lost Time (1985), is set much the deepest into this venue, so far into the ...

Smith, Gregory J

(?   -    ) US patent attorney and author of the Starquest series of Space Operas beginning with Captive Planet (1986), composed with homiletic intent to espouse the Christian Religion. [JC]

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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