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Minor, Wendell

(1944-    ) US artist, author and illustrator, initially in association with Paul Bacon, whose concern and hands-on responsibility for typography he shares; his first covers date from 1968. The intensely enhanced Magic Realism of his work, much of it depicting rural America, has been influential from the 1970s. In contrast to the overdetermined populousness of the work of Norman Rockwell (1894-1978), his works rarely depict human figures interacting. Some of his urban ...

Hardinge, Frances

(1973-    ) UK author who after an early appearance in SFinx (May 1995) began to professionally publish work of genre interest with "Shining Man" in The Dream Zone for January 2001; her works are usually and correctly thought of as fantasy, and adhere closely to fantasy conventions as to landscape and history, though the daedal Underground culture described very fully in A Face Like Glass (2012) is hauntingly akin to sf novels set in similar Pocket Universes after some ...

Monsters to Laugh With

Letter-size saddle-stapled Cinema magazine. Publisher: Non-Pareil Publishing, a subsidiary of Magazine Management Corporation. Editor: unknown. Seven numbered issues from 1964 to 1966. / This modest publication, chiefly a Humour title, was Marvel Comics' first effort to enter the Movie Monster magazine field. Monsters to Laugh With consisted of full-page black and white photographs with supposedly amusing word-balloon captions attached. The title changed to Monsters Unlimited with Issue ...

Banks, Tony

(1950-    ) UK musician, best known as the keyboard-player and founder-member of Genesis, Banks released a number of solo albums, none of which enjoyed commercial success. The first of these, A Curious Feeling (1979), is a concept-album adaptation of Daniel Keyes's Flowers for Algernon (April 1959 F&SF; exp 1966), very Genesis-like in sound, with vocals by Scottish singer Kim Beacon (1957-2005). [AR]

Jeter, K W

(1950-    ) US author of importance as an author of horror novels, the highly charged claustrophobia of his style fitting the essential affect of that genre rather better than it does sf. His early work, generally conceived in sf terms, gives off an air of hectic congestion which sometimes interferes with the presentation of ideas, with the cognitively unencumbered articulation of some barrier through which the story (and its protagonists) penetrate; for him, as for most ...

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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