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Cherry, David A

(1949-    ) US illustrator, formerly an attorney, who sometimes signs himself just David Cherry; he was encouraged to become an illustrator by his sister, sf author C J Cherryh, and made the switch from law to full-time illustration in 1984. His first cover, done for the publisher Donald M Grant, was for his sister's novel Ealdwood (1981), for which he also supplied interior art. Largely self-taught, Cherry is a classic realist; when painting he works with acrylics and ...

Brooke-Rose, Christine

(1923-2012) Swiss-born UK author and academic, in the UK from 1936 (serving during World War Two as an Intelligence Officer at Bletchley Park) until 1968; thereafter lecturer and then professor of American literature at the University of Paris VIII (Vincennes) from 1969 until her retirement in 1988. She was married 1948-1975 to Jerzy Peterkiewicz. Brooke-Rose was widely known for critical works like A Grammar of Metaphor (1958) and A Rhetoric of the Unreal (1981), which formally assimilates the ...

Morris, Anthony P

(1849-1921) US businessman, farmer, journalist and author, active in the latter capacity from about 1867, publishing dime novels for publishers like Beadle; he may have used pseudonyms, which have not been identified, and some of his tales may have been sf (see Dime-Novel SF). He is known to have written at least one novel with sf content, A Modern Monk (circa 1893) anonymous, which is understood to be the first American pornographic sf story. The plot is perhaps unduly contorted. Darius ...

Jones, R G

(1889-1969) Working name of American illustrator Robert Gibson Jones. After some art training in Chicago, he worked mostly in advertising for two decades before becoming, in 1942, a regular cover artist for Ziff-Davis publications. In addition to covers for their non-genre titles like Mammoth Adventure, Mammoth Detective, and Mammoth Western, Jones painted 90 covers for Amazing Stories and Fantastic Adventures; later in the 1950s, he painted covers for Universe Science Fiction, Other Worlds, ...

Kramer, Edward E

(1961-    ) US editor, author and fan, in the last capacity a co-founder and former part owner of the now very large Convention Dragon Con (formerly styled Dragon*Con) held since 1987 in Atlanta, Georgia. He has edited, usually in collaboration, a number of genre Anthologies beginning with Confederacy of the Dead (anth 1993) with Richard Gilliam and Martin H Greenberg; he began to publish stories of genre interest with "The Power In Penance" in his own Grails: Visitations of ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...

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