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Clark, Jan

(?   -    ) US author, mainly known for the two volumes of her Prodigy sequences of Space Operas comprising Prodigy (1997) and Earth Herald (1998), featuring Rieka Degahv, female captain of a military spaceship who becomes embroiled in an interstellar intrigue designed to topple a commonwealth of species, in which humans are present but do not dominate. The fast pace and claustrophobic competence of her writing has caused her work to be likened to that of C J ...

Canavan, Gerry

(?   -    ) US academic whose doctorate in literature is from Duke University, Durham, North Carolina; Assistant Professor of 20th and 21st Century Literature at Marquette University, Milwaukee,Wisconsin, since 2012. He began to publish criticism of genre interest with "'We Are the Walking Dead': Race, Time, and Survival in Zombie Narrative" (Fall 2010, Extrapolation). With Kim Stanley Robinson he co-edited the Ecology-related symposium Green Planets: Ecology ...

Ōrai Noriyoshi

(1935-2015) Japanese artist who has occasionally worked in the Anime field on storyboards and image boards, although he is chiefly known for book covers and internal Illustration, particularly during the 1980s. His Seiun Award seems to have been conferred upon him largely for his striking work on the Japanese poster for Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980), which coincided with the publication of the first of several retrospective art books. He subsequently produced the ...

Perkins, Sheldon

(?   -    ) US author of a Space Opera, Polaris (1979), in which an interstellar Starship representing the America-dominated United Space Alliance, and commanded by an Earth-first captain, finds itself in need of repairs. A mysterious Big Dumb Object, clearly Alien, is then encountered in deep space. [JC]


A once common item of sf Terminology, being an acronym of Bug-Eyed Monster and referring to the type of Alien creature, usually menacing, which was regularly pictured on the covers of SF Magazines in the 1930s and 1940s. [PN] see also: Monsters. /

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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