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Barba, Harry

(1922-2007) US publisher and author of some nonfiction; his two sf books are a Satire, The Day The World Went Sane (coll 1979), and Round Trip to Byzantium (1985). He was believed to own Harian Creative Press. [JC]

Kennedy, Leigh

(1951-    ) US author, in the UK since 1985; married to Christopher Priest 1988-2011. Her sf stories, beginning with "Salamander" for Analog in June 1977, combine generic sharpness of address and a "literary" density. "Her Furry Face" (mid-December 1983 Asimov's), perhaps her best-known single work, exemplifies this duality of effect in a striking presentation of love between species, human and primate (see Apes as Human), expressed disastrously through an attempt at Sex; it ...

Eliade, Mircea

(1907-1986) Romanian academic, in UK, Portugal and France from 1940, resident in the US from 1956, most famous as a philosopher of comparative religion [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below], though he was a prolific author of fiction, much of it fantastic, from the publication of his first, precocious tale, "Cum am găsit piatr filosofală" ["How I found the Philosopher's Stone"] (1921 Ziarul Stiintelor Populare si al Calatorilor), until the beginning of the 1980s; much ...

Russo, Richard Paul

(1954-    ) US author who began publishing sf with "Firebird Suite" for Amazing in 1981. His first novel, Inner Eclipse (1988), is a strongly atmospheric tale, illuminated by striking visual images, which describes a search for Alien intelligence on a jungle world whose major industry is the export of an extremely dangerous recreational Drug. The protagonist, an empath (see ESP) who wants to abandon humanity (to whose violence and hypocrisy his talent bares him) in favour of ...


US animated tv series (1995-1997; vt Steven Spielberg Presents Freakazoid!). Amblin Entertainment, Warner Bros. Animation. Created by Bruce Timm and Paul Dini. Developed by Tom Ruegger. Executive producer Steven Spielberg. Directors include Rich Arons, Ronaldo Carmen, Jack Heiter, Scott Jeralds, Eric Radomski and Peter Shin. Writers include Paul Dini, John McCann, Tom Ruegger and Paul Rugg. Voice cast includes Jeff Bennett, David Kaufman, Tress MacNeille, Paul Rugg and David Warner. 24 ...

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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