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Bonfils, Robert

(1922-2018) US artist who trained at the Kansas City Art Institute and the Art Institute of Chicago. Following army service in World War Two he became active as a commercial illustrator from the mid-1950s. The vigorous, pulpish paintings of this early period appeared on many US paperbacks including Sex novels from Merit Books, which led to his becoming art director and anonymous cover creator for Earl Kemp's Greenleaf Classics (see for example Andrew J Offutt; J X Williams). His work from this ...

Tolan, Stephanie S

(1942-    ) US author, almost exclusively of fiction for younger children and Young Adults. In a prolific career she has written relatively little sf. After a supernatural fantasy, Who's There? (1994), she began the Ark Trilogy, comprising to date Welcome to the Ark (1996) and Flight of the Raven (2001), initially set in an isolated Keep known as the "Ark", whose inhabitants are place there to escape a world riven with stress; four gifted children establish a gestalt there ...

Stacy, Ryder

Joint pseudonym of Jan Stacy and Ryder Syvertsen (whom see for titles), and solo pseudonym, after 1985, of the latter. [JC]

Ewers, Hanns Heinz

(1871-1943) German author, spy in Mexico and the USA in World War One, and early member of the Nazi Party, though he soon alienated its leaders through his insistence that his and their obsession with matters of Blood led inevitably (and properly) to psychic and literal vampirism (see Decadence; Vampires). Supermen predominate in his fiction, much of which remains untranslated. He is noted mainly for a series of novels about Frank Braun – anthropologist and Ubermensch – some of ...

Fei Dao

Pen-name of Jia Liyuan (1983-    ) an author and PhD candidate in the Chinese department of Tsinghua University, Beijing. Under his real name, he has published works of sf criticism, including the Han Song study "Gloomy China: China's Image in Han Song's Science Fiction" (March 2013 Science Fiction Studies), and also spoken out as a provocative defender of sf in China, noting that it is hardly an insult any more to refer to it as "children's literature", when the State ...

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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