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Crane, Nathalia

(1913-1998) US poet, teacher and author, precociously active as a poet from childhood, beginning with the publication of her first collection, The Janitor's Boy and Other Poems (coll 1924 chap), which was much influenced by Emily Dickinson (1830-1886); Time magazine referred to her at this time as "The Baby Browning of Brooklyn". After publishing some further work she enjoyed a long career as an academic and political activist. Samuel R Delany mentions her in Atlantis: Model 1924 (1995). / ...

Michelson, Bennett

(?   -    ) US author of two sf thrillers, The Perfect Weapon (1980), whose eponymous Weapon is used for evil purposes, and The Chosen People (1982), also about a terrorist weapon capable of self-selecting its victims (see Paranoia). [JC]


US Comic-book series by writer Warren Ellis and artist John Cassaday, published by Wildstorm Comics (which later became an imprint of DC Comics). The series ran for 27 issues and was published sporadically from April 1999 to October 2009. Three additional issues outside the main series, one of which crossed over with Batman, were also published in 2000, 2002 and 2003; two of these were drawn by other artists. / The series revolves around Planetary, a team of "Archaeologists of the ...

Peters, Ludovic

Pseudonym of German-born UK screenwriter and author Peter Brent (1931-1984), in the UK from an early age; author of one Avengers episode, "The Secrets Broker" (1 February 1964). One of his political thrillers, Riot '71 (1967), posits a Near-Future racist crisis in an economically battered UK, which is described as a Dystopia in the making. [JC]

Eggleton, Bob

(1960-    ) US illustrator who has worked in the sf field since 1984 when he did his first book cover, for Baen Books. He has worked for a number of publishers since then. For his paintings he normally uses acrylic. He has quite a wide range – fantasy and horror as well as sf – but is especially known for his space and Spaceship paintings, which are at once interestingly detailed and sweepingly romantic. His popularity has been growing since the late 1980s; from ...

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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