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Berry, John D

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Artist.

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(1950-    ) American fan, author, typographer and graphic designer, longtime partner of author Eileen Gunn; he primarily works as an editor, book designer, design writer, and type consultant for software companies, including in the past Microsoft. Almost all of Berry's sf-related writings have appeared in Fanzines, although he published one short story in Jessica Amanda Salmonson's anthology Tales by Moonlight (anth 1983), as well as a number of columns reviewing Fanzines for Amazing Stories from 1969 to 1972. His fanzines include the reviews-oriented Pacific Northwest Review of Books (1977-1998), coedited with Loren J MacGregor, and Wing Window (11 issues 1981-1988), which is retrospectively noteworthy because several issues featured columns written by his longtime friend William Gibson. Berry's fan art consists mostly of cartoons, some appearing on the front page of early issues of Locus and hence qualifying as cover art. Much later, he was also responsible for the rather uninteresting covers of several sf books, including Brian W Aldiss's nonfiction The Pale Shadow of Science (coll 1985) and Eileen Gunn's story collection Stable Strategies and Others (coll 2004), both these jackets being exercises in typographic design; and three James Tiptree Jr Award anthologies (anth 2004-2006) edited by Pat Murphy, Karen Joy Fowler, Debbie Notkin and Jeffrey D Smith. [GW]

John D Berry

born Bronxville, New York: 8 August 1950


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