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David, James F

Pseudonym of US author James D Foster (1952-    ), most of whose work has combined horror and sf, as in his first novel which starts the Thunder series, Footprints of Thunder (1995), in which an incursion of Dinosaurs into urban America is dealt with primarily in terms of the feelings aroused; and his second, Fragments (1997), in which the Cybernetic implications of combining a passel of idiot savants to generate a joint mind are subordinated to a horrific depiction of the ...

Goulart, Ron

(1933-2022) US author, born in California, where he lived until the late 1960s and which he made the effective template (whatever the venue or planet might be called) for much of his sf, including the large loose Barnum System sequence. After graduation he worked in an advertising agency, later putting on record the influence of this experience on the forming of his concise, polished style. He began to publish work of genre interest with "Letters to the Editor" in an amateur magazine, Pelican, ...

Butor, Michel

(1926-2016) French critic and author, principally known as a leading exponent of the nouveau roman. Butor was one of the first mainstream and academic critics to consider sf seriously according to the same standards as general literature. He published an invigorating analysis of Jules Verne as early as 1949, and examined the dilemmas and future potential of the field in his penetrating study, "La crise de croissance de la SF" (1953); this was first translated by Richard Howard as "Science ...

Kenyon, C R

(?   -?   ) UK author of books for Young Adult readers, including two sf tales: in A Polar Eden: Or, the Goal of the "Dauntless" (1897), a group of intrepid companions find an inhabited Lost World in a warm enclave in the heart of the Arctic; and in The Argonauts of the Amazon (1901), a Lost Race of Incans is discovered high above that river. [JC]

Key, Ted

(1912-2008) US cartoonist and author born Theodore Keyser, active as a cartoonist from the early 1930s, his most famous cartoon creation being the Hazel strip for the Saturday Evening Post, which was adapted as a 1961-1965 television series. In the 1950s he adopted the surname Key that had been taken by his father during World War One. His children's story The Biggest Dog in the World (1960 chap), about a dog which grows enormous (see Great and Small), was filmed as the sf Digby, the Biggest ...

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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