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Tatăr, Doru

(1956-    ) Romania civil engineer and author in whose sf novel, Prioritate Zero (1990; trans Raymond Humphreys and Petru Iamandi as Top Priority 2011), a tale of Cosmology in which the implosion into the universe of a vast Black Hole leads to a human/Alien interaction whose outcome is likely to generate a something like a new universe (see Cosmology; Transcendence). [JC]

Miller, Steve

(1950-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Shalgiel" for Flux Magazine in 1976, one of his few solo works, as he soon began collaborating with Sharon Lee with "The Naming of Kinzel: The Foolish" (June 1984 Fantasy Book); all his novels have been with Lee, primarily the Liaden Universe sequence of Space Opera tales, set in expansive (though not adventurously described) interstellar venues. The first two titles, Agent of Change (1988) and Carpe ...

England, James

(1931-2003) UK author and fan, actively involved in the British Science Fiction Association with letters and reviews as Jim England from 1963 to the late 1990s. His routine sf novel for Robert Hale Limited is The Measured Caverns (1978). The adolescent hero is one of many children raised in Underground isolation within a kind of Pocket Universe called Sanctuary; he briefly tours "Outside", which has been described to him as terrifyingly warped by Future War but proves to be contemporary New ...

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century

1. US Comic strip conceived by John Flint Dille for the National Newspaper Syndicate Inc., written by Philip Francis Nowlan, based on his novel Armageddon 2419 AD (stories August 1928, March 1929 Amazing; fixup 1962). Buck Rogers appeared first in 1929 in daily newspapers, illustrated by Dick Calkins, and in March 1930 the Sunday version began, signed by Calkins although the actual illustrator was Russell Keaton (to 1933) and then Rick Yager (who also took over the daily strip in 1951). Calkins ...

Dikty, T E

(1920-1991) US editor and publisher, married from 1953 until his death to Julian May, about whose work he compiled The Work of Julian May: An Annotated Bibliography & Guide (1985 chap) with Robert Reginald. An early sf fan, Dikty started an sf checklist on index cards with the collector Frederick Shoyer in 1939, but the cards were lost in World War Two. After the war, with Erle Korshak and Mark Reinsberg, he became a bookseller and passed the partially reassembled checklist on to Everett F ...

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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