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Hayter, Alethea

(1911-2006) Egyptian-born UK editor and author, never affiliated to an academic institution, whose nonfiction work (not unusually for a non-institutional scholar) was significantly innovative; she is probably best known for the bio-critical study, Opium and the Romantic Imagination (1968). Her early novels as by J C Fennessy include Eden Island (1941), whose Utopian impulses fade into gossip, The Way to the Sea (1950), a Ruritanian fantasy set partly in Illyria, and The Sonnet in the Bottle ...

Rhysling Award

A regular Award for sf and fantasy Poetry, presented annually since 1978 by the Science Fiction Poetry Association. It is named for the blind balladeer of Robert A Heinlein's "The Green Hills of Earth" (8 February 1947 Saturday Evening Post), and faithful to that provenance tends to focus on poets whose careers have been significantly shaped by Genre SF, broadly understood. This may explain the absence from the awards roster (listed below) of more widely recognized poets who may all the same ...

Baker, Nicholson

(1957-    ) US author whose novels have consistently threatened to push mimetic conventions past the point where they can usefully be applied, beginning with The Mezzanine (1988), whose enormously expanded rendering of a small movement in time and space clearly stretches "realism" into something more interesting. U and I: A True Story (1991) self-revealingly anatomizes John Updike. The protagonist of The Fermata (1994) discovers in childhood that he can stop time at will ...

Resnick, Mike

Working name of Michael Diamond Resnick (1942-2020), US author and dog-breeder who for most of his career signed his work as given above, though his early titles were often signed as Michael D Resnick. He began his genre career with an Edgar Rice Burroughs pastiche, The Forgotten Sea of Mars (1965 chap); his interest in Burroughs also generated material which he published in ERB-dom Magazine, and his first sequence – the Ganymede series of Planetary Romances comprising The Goddess of ...

Ditko, Steve

(1927-2018) US Comics artist and writer, active from around 1953, his first professional assignment of genre interest being "Stretching Things" by Bruce Hamilton (1900-1974), which was eventually published in Fantastic Fears #5 for February 1954 [for a more detailed description of Ditko's early fantasy and other work, see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. A long, complicated but mutually fruitful association with Jack Kirby began about this time; Ditko also did his first work for ...

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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