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Stiles, Steve

(1943-2020) US artist who studied at The High School of Music & Art and the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, New York; long active in both Fanzines and Comics. His first professional sale of a cartoon was to Paul Krassner's The Realist in 1961. He contributed covers and/or interior artwork to Fantastic, several Worldcon souvenir books and many fanzines, including – to mention only those with entries in this encyclopedia – Algol, Ansible, File 770, Locus (in its ...

Gay, J Drew

(1846-1890) UK journalist, politician, explorer and author in whose The Mystery of the Shroud: A Tale of Socialism (1887) a fog gives a socialist secret society the chance to conquer England in the Near Future, but the chance is muffed. [JC]

Iron Sky

Film (2012; rev vt Iron Sky: Dictator's Cut 2014). Blind Spot Pictures Oy, 27 Films Production, New Holland Pictures. Directed by Timo Vuorensola. Written by Jarmo Puskala from a story by Johanna Sinisalo. Cast includes Julia Dietze, Udo Kier, Christopher Kirby, Götz Otto, Stephanie Paul, Tilo Prückner, Peta Sergeant, Johanna Sinisalo. Theatre release 93 minutes; DVD release 111 minutes. Colour. / The first sf story in which Nazis escape into space after World War Two is probably ...

Alkon, Paul K

(1935-2020) US author and critic, Leo S Bing Professor of English Literature at the University of Southern California since 1980, a specialist in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century French literature. Origins of Futuristic Fiction (1987) is a vigorous and influential study of the creation of the idea of the future that evolved, mostly in France, from the end of the eighteenth century, as reflected in the fiction and literary theory of the time; this won an Eaton Award. Alkon resuscitated the ...

Ure, Jean

(1943-    ) UK author of a wide range of fiction for Young Adult readers, her active career beginning with the nonfantastic Dance for Two (1960) and continuing for well over half a century. Relatively little of her work is of sf interest, the main exception being the dark Plague 99 sequence comprising Plague 99 (1989; vt Plague 1991), Come Lucky April (1992; vt After the Plague 1995) and The Watchers at the Shrine (1994). In the first volume is set in a Near Future London ...

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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