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Gray, Nicholas Stuart

(1912-1981) UK actor, playwright, illustrator and author, born Phyllis Loriot Hatch, under which name she produced some unpublished plays, and worked as an actor on the professional British stage from around 1930 until the end of the decade. At this point that identity was retired, and Nicholas Stuart Gray presented as male from around 1939; he underwent a medical transition in 1959 (very early for Female-to-Male procedures). In his later life, he frequently performed in his own plays, most ...

Robida, Albert

(1848-1926) French illustrator and author, the first visual artist who could be said to specialize in sf Illustration, with an abiding interest in fabulated Inventions; the most important and popular nineteenth-century figure in this nascent field. Though he was clearly working in the tradition of such French artists and illustrators as J J Grandville, Honoré Daumier (1808-1879) and Gustave ...

Druillet, Philippe

(1944-    ) Innovative French artist with an epic imagination and an astringent pen-line style who cofounded with Moebius (Jean Giraud) and others the publishing company Les Humanöides Associés and the imaginative graphic-fiction magazine Métal Hurlant in 1975; much of the contents of the latter have been published in English in the US magazine Heavy Metal. / ...

Yellow Peril

The popular Term, not only within sf circles, for military or economic expansionism by China and other Far Eastern nations (see Invasion; Politics) as seen through the distorting lens of Western Paranoia, and understandable in those terms as central to the language and fears expressed in Imperial Gothic in the years before ...

Digest

A term used to describe a Magazine format, in contrast to, for example, Slick or Pulp, which are both larger. The format was made popular by the Reader's Digest, which first appeared in February 1922, though at that time the word "digest" meant that the magazine was presenting a selection of material from a wide range of other sources and thus making it "digestible" to the reader. The word referred to the ...

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. He began to publish work of genre interest with an sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" in Triquarterly for Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959]; he began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and later in ...



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