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O'Riordan, Robert

(1943-    ) Canadian teacher and author whose Cadre sequence of Space Operas comprising Cadre One (1985), Cadre Lucifer (1987) and Cadre Messiah (1988) follows the career of orphaned space cadet Pol Tryees into adventurous adulthood across the Galactic Empire, which he comes to understand and perhaps to rule. [JC]

Bantock, Nick

(1949-    ) UK artist, illustrator and author, in Canada from 1988; active as an illustrator from around 1962, with at least 300 covers credited to him, some as by Nick Fox. Much of his work, which is either collage-like or consists of actual (though clearly massaged) collages, conveys a sense that narrative energies are suppressed within the image, and threaten to become explicitly storyable, like a Cabinet of Curiosities jinxed into life: hints that his work contains ...

Roberts, Arthur

(?   -    ) UK author of several sf novels, all written in collaboration with John S Glasby (whom see) for Curtis Warren under that publisher's House Names Berl Cameron, Rand Le Page and Paul Lorraine. [DRL]

Kamkondo, Dede

Working name of the acclaimed and versatile Malawian author Wisdom C Kamkondo (1957-2006), who studied sociology, literature and linguistics in Malawi and Wales, and was later a lecturer at the University of Malawi. He also worked as a consultant for the World Bank, USAid, etc. In 1995 he came to the US on a Fullbright scholarship to study at Michigan State University, but did not complete his studies owing to illness. Versatile, and acclaimed during his lifetime, he wrote numerous short ...

Dream Theater

US prog rock band, formed in 1985 by guitarist John Petrucci (1967-    ), bassist John Ro Myung (1967-    ) and Michael Portnoy (1967-    ). Their first album When Dream and Day Unite (1989) is an energetic reworking of classic 1970s prog-rock musical idiom, and included the long song "The Killing Hand", which concerns a future war between an evil genius and a messiah-figure. The various tracks on Images and Words (1992) include, ...

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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