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Soule, Charles

(1974-    ) US Comics writer and author; he has written scripts for DC Comics' Swamp Thing, though much of his more recent work has been for Marvel Comics, including work derived from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. / Soule's first novel, The Oracle Year (2018), while focusing on its protagonist, who has been suddenly gifted with Precognitive powers, explores with some subtlety the implications of such powers in the almost infinitely interwoven webs of information that ...

Lake, David J

(1929-2016) Indian-born UK academic and author who emigrated to Australia in 1967; his education (a Jesuit school in India, a BA in English at Cambridge, a diploma in linguistics and a PhD in English) is reflected in the texture of his sf work, as is his teaching in Vietnam, Thailand and India (1959-1967). After several works of criticism, including the strongly argued, somewhat controversial The Canon of Thomas Middleton's Plays (1975) and a volume of poetry, Hornpipes and Funerals (coll ...

Sanders, Joseph L

(1940-    ) US academic, who often writes as Joe Sanders; his E E "Doc" Smith (1986) is a competent study of E E Smith, and Roger Zelazny: A Primary and Secondary Bibliography (1980) was a useful early tool in Roger Zelazny studies; it has not, however, been updated to cover the last fifteen years of his career. Michael Bishop and the Persistence of Wonder: A Critical Study of the Writings (2021) rightly takes Michael Bishop's humane intensity as central to his long career. ...

Birkenhead, The Earl of

Title and working name of UK lawyer, politician and author Frederick Edwin Smith (1872-1930), an upwardly-mobile, hugely energetic and ambitious Tory, the kind of figure who informs much of the work of John Buchan and who dies (in Buchan's work and in life) from overwork; he was ennobled upon becoming Lord Chancellor in 1919. He is of sf interest for the surprising combination of sober prescience and tomfoolery in the nonfiction 100 Years from Now ... (1929 Hearst International-Cosmopolitan: ...

McCauley, Kirby

(1941-2014) US literary agent, influential fan and editor; he very early on represented several clients, including Stephen King and George R R Martin, who later became extremely successful; both have acknowledged his influence on their careers. Although his professional focus was always on fantasy and horror (see Horror in SF), McCauley's taste as an editor was catholic, beginning with the intelligently assembled Night Chills: Stories of Suspense and Horror (anth 1975), whose release coincided ...

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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