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Sneyd, Steve

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author, Critic, Editor, Fan.

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(1941-2018) UK poet, Poetry critic, bibliographer, publisher and editor who (having an American mother) gained a transatlantic perspective from growing up in both the UK and US. He published several short sf stories, mostly in Amateur Magazines, beginning with "The Duke of Oldfranc" in SFinx #9 for March 1974. His many collections include several volumes of sf poetry, beginning with Bad News from the Stars (coll 1989 chap) [see Checklist for further titles]. Through his Small Press, Hilltop Press, he published books of verse by more than twenty other sf poets, notably Lilith Lorraine with Ape into Pleiades (coll 1988 chap) and Time Grows Thin (coll 2009). His idiosyncratic handwritten Fanzine Data Dump (226 issues November 1991-November 2016, 4pp A5 format, initially Orbiting a Data Dump) began as a draft Bibliography of UK sf and fanzine verse but developed into a monthly Newszine covering all aspects of sf and fantasy poetry worldwide, including incidental verse by the author found in stories and novels. Researches into genre verse published in Fanzines were assembled as Flights from the Iron Moon – Genre Poetry in UK Fanzines & Little Magazines 1980-1989 (1995), followed by other titles covering different periods and regions [again see Checklist].

Sneyd was appreciated as a significant figure in sf poetry. In 2015 he was honoured by the Science Fiction Poetry Association as a grand master (see Rhysling Award). [DRL]

see also: Back Brain Recluse; Fantasy Commentator.

Stephen Henry Sneyd

born Maidenhead, Berkshire: 20 March 1941

died Halifax, West Yorkshire: 13 June 2018

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