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Pratchett, Terry

(1948-2015) UK author who began publishing with "The Hades Business" in Science Fantasy in 1963, collected with other (mostly early) stories as A Blink of the Screen: Collected Shorter Fiction (coll 2012); other early work, which first appeared in the Bucks Free Press 1965-1973, was collected as Dragons at Crumbling Castle and Other Stories (coll 2014). For many years he was in full-time employment, as a journalist until 1980 – contributing many short stories to the Bucks Free Press ...

Scribe Award

The Scribe Awards for media Ties have been presented since 2007 by the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers [see under links below]. There are various award categories, genre-specific and otherwise, which changed frequently in the early years but currently include novels, short fiction and audiobooks. The Scribe Grandmaster award – also known as the Faust Award in honour of Frederick Faust (see Max Brand) – is a career honour after the fashion of the SFWA Grand Master ...

Dream World

US Digest-size magazine. Three quarterly issues, February-August 1957; published by Ziff-Davis; edited by Paul W Fairman. Subtitled "Stories of Incredible Powers", Dream World was initiated as a response to the success of the December 1955 and October 1956 issues of Fantastic, both of which ran stories of wish-fulfilment sometimes featuring Psi Powers. The first issue reprinted stories by Thorne Smith and P G Wodehouse, but the magazine generally included stories by the regular stable of ...

Boston, Bruce

(1943-    ) US poet (see Poetry) and prose author whose early work tended to the surreal, but who began – with stories like "Break" for New Worlds 7 (anth 1974) edited by Hilary Bailey and Charles Platt – to invoke fantasy and sf themes. His early poetry – much of it not genre at all, and almost all of it couched in a classically lucid voice – can most easily be approached through Jackbird: Tales of Illusion & Identity (coll 1976 chap); it is ...

Dann, Joshua

(1956-    ) US author who has written since 2000 under the name J D Austin; under his own name, he published the Timeshare sequence of sf adventures in which a police detective, now in the employ of a firm which offers Time Travel vacations, journeys to various eras and solves problems: after the introductory shenanigans of Timeshare (1997), he travels to 1920s Hollywood (see California) in Timeshare: Second Time Around (1998) looking for a missing director; and in ...

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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