(1950- ) Scottish editor and writer, long resident in England, who has mostly worked in sf (> SFE). He was editor of Foundation 1980-1986, and with Malcolm Edwards (1949- ) was one of the two prime founders of the sf magazine Interzone. By 1988 he had become its sole editor and publisher; he received a 1995 Hugo Award for the journal, and co-edited all 5 anthologies taken from the magazine: Interzone: The First Anthology (anth 1985) with John Clute and Colin Greenland, Interzone: The 2nd Anthology (anth 1987) with Clute and Simon Ounsley, Interzone: The 3rd Anthology (anth 1988) with Clute and Ounsley, Interzone: The 4th Anthology (anth 1989) with Clute and Ounsley, and Interzone: The 5th Anthology (anth 1991) with Clute and Lee Montgomerie. As series editor for GW Books 1988-1991 he commissioned (from 1990 with Neil Jones) several Shared-World fantasy and sf novels tied to Games like Warhammer and Dark Future; tied anthologies ed DP include Ignorant Armies * (anth 1989), Wolf Riders * (anth 1989) and Red Thirst * (anth 1990) in the Warhammer series, Route 666 * (anth 1990) in the Dark Future series, and Deathwing * (anth 1990) with Jones in the Warhammer 40,000 series.
As a critic, DP was initially associated with J G Ballard, whose works he promoted vigorously; the contents of Ballard's A User's Guide to the Millennium: Essays and Reviews (coll 1996) were selected by DP. Critical studies include J.G. Ballard: The First Twenty Years (anth 1976 chap) ed with James Goddard, Earth is the Alien Planet: J.G. Ballard's Four-Dimensional Nightmare (1979 chap US) and J.G. Ballard: A Primary and Secondary Bibliography (1984 US). Subsequently, DP began to produce guides to various aspects of sf, fantasy and popular literature: Science Fiction: 100 SF Authors (1978 chap), Science Fiction: The 100 Best Novels: An English-Language Selection, 1949-1984 (1985), Imaginary People: A Who's Who of Modern Fictional Characters (1987; rev 1989; rev 1996); Modern Fantasy: The Hundred Best Novels: An English-Language Selection, 1946-1987 (1988), The Ultimate Guide to Science Fiction: An A-Z of SF Books (1990; exp vt The Ultimate Guide to Science Fiction, Second Edition: An A-Z of Science-Fiction Books by Title 1995) with Ken Brown (uncredited), St James Guide to Fantasy Writers (1996) and The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (1996). He also edited a posthumous collection of Theodore Sturgeon stories, A Touch of Sturgeon (coll 1987 UK). He has contributed several entries to the first edition of the SFE and to this encyclopedia. [JC]
David William Pringle