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Bannerman, Alexander

(1871-1934) UK aviator and author in whose right-wing Near Future dreadful warning tale, Leaders of the Blind (1921), Communists foment a revolution in Britain. [JC]

Reisen, Marx

Pseudonym of the unidentified UK author (?   -    ) of Before the Beginning (1954 chap), in which a colony planet labours under the threat of Invasion from another planet; Androids and Inventions modestly enrich the tale, which ends in a vast enclave understood to be the Garden for a new Adam and Eve. [JC]

Vess, Charles

(1951-    ) American artist. After receiving a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1973, Vess briefly worked in animation before moving to New York City in 1977 to do illustrations for National Lampoon, Heavy Metal, Klutz Press, and other clients. Yet he displayed a natural talent for illustrating works of Fantasy by producing a number of paintings for a 1977 edition of J R R Tolkien's The Hobbit (1937) while also writing and illustrating his own fantasy novel, The ...

Steiber, Ellen

(1955-    ) US author initially and primarily associated with her contribution to two Shared World series of Ties to the Television series The X-Files, The X-Files Young Readers Series beginning with The X-Files #4: Squeeze (1996), and The X-Files Young Adult Series beginning with The X-Files: Eve (1997) and ending with The X-Files: Haunted (2000), which is number fifteen in that overall series. These series are for the Young Adult market. Her first standalone novel, A Rumor ...

American Boy, The

US monthly Magazine for older boys from November 1899 to July/August 1941, initially in large 12in x 16in format and shrinking to 11in x 14in Slick size in November 1924. The American Boy was published by The Sprague Publishing Company of Detroit, Michigan, whose William C Sprague saw a need for a magazine just for boys that did not talk down to them. Sprague was replaced as publisher and editor by his brother-in-law Griffith Ogden Ellis in 1908; Ellis remained editor until December 1940, after ...

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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