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Sienkiewicz, Bill

Working name of Boleslav Felix Robert Sienkiewicz (1958-    ) US Comics artist. His early work was heavily influenced by Neal Adams, although his fine pen line was more fluid and expressive, and his brushwork freer. His work matured, becoming more painterly and stylish, as he graduated to Graphic Novels. BS appears now to have deserted narrative art for advertising, record-cover design and more upmarket illustration. He has won many awards, including the 1987 Jack Kirby ...

Hovenden, Robert

UK author, most probably Robert Meyrick Hovenden (circa 1809-1885), who published various books 1844-1876. Of sf interest is an unfictionalized Future History, A Tract of Future Times [for subtitle see Checklist] (1851), told as though written after 1950 and giving an accounting of the previous era, concentrating on the last fifty years of the nineteenth century, espousing a kind of benevolently anarchic Utopia based on sedulous obedience to the dictates of that version of the Christian ...

Bringsværd, Tor Åge

(1939-    ) Norwegian author. Born in the small town of Skien, Bringsværd moved to Oslo to attend university, and there in 1966 met Jon Bing. They were both inveterate sf readers in a country where sf literally did not exist, and decided to do something about this sad state of affairs. In 1966 they founded the still-active Oslo University sf club, Aniara, and its Fanzine. In 1967, they made their joint debut as professional writers with a short story collection, Rundt ...

Wilbrandt, Conrad

(1832-1921) German economist, politician and author, whose possible relationship to Adolf von Wilbrandt is undetermined; of sf interest is Des Herrn Friedrich Ost Erlebnisse in der Welt Bellamy's: Mittheilungen aus des Jahren 2001 und 2002 (1891; trans Mary J Stafford as Mr East's Experiences in Mr. Bellamy's World: Records of the Years 2001 and 2002 1891), one of many negative responses to Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward (1888). Mr East awakens from Suspended Animation in 2001, which he ...

Hamilton, Patrick

(1904-1962) UK author, son of Bernard Hamilton; best known for plays like Rope: A Play, with a Preface on Thrillers (performed 3 July 1929 Strand, London; 1929 chap) and Gas Light: A Victorian Thriller in Three Acts (performed 5 December 1938, Richmond; 1939), whose title became a verb meaning to manipulate a victim so that they doubt their own sanity; and for several acute and supple novels of hopelessness in the UK of the 1930s. The most famous of these, Hangover Square; Or the Man With Two ...

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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