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Quarber Merkur

Tagged: Publication | Fan

Austrian Fanzine; edited by Franz Rottensteiner since its inception in 1963. In the argot of fans, Quarber Merkur is a "sercon" (serious and constructive) fanzine, one of the longest-running and most impressive of its type. It publishes critical, bibliographical, sociopolitical and historical studies of sf, Utopias, weird fiction and Fantasy. Averaging 90 large unillustrated pages per issue, Quarber Merkur has now published around three million words of serious criticism; it had reached #74 by the end of 1990. Contributors have included most of the major German sf critics, and writers such as Herbert W Franke and Stanisław Lem; many contributors have been from Eastern Europe. A collection of...

Love and Rockets

Tagged: Publication | Comics

US Comic book created in 1981 by the brothers Gilbert (1957-    ), Jaime and Mario Hernandez. #1, self-published, featured a 40pp future-apocalyptic chase-thriller, "BEM", by Gilbert; it introduced tail-chasing supersleuth Castle Radium as well as Luba, a continuing star of much of Gilbert's output. Also in #1 were some short pieces by Jaime; one of these, "Mechan-X", introduced the characters Maggie, Hopey and Rand Race, who featured in #2's 40pp story "Mechanics", which told of a group of prosolar mechanics (essentially, super-repairmen) who are trying to fix a crashed rocket-ship in a primordial jungle. Except for later references to Maggie's prosolar job and a brief strip about a little...

Quarber Merkur

Tagged: Publication | Fan

Austrian Fanzine; edited by Franz Rottensteiner since its inception in 1963. In the argot of fans, Quarber Merkur is a "sercon" (serious and constructive) fanzine, one of the longest-running and most impressive of its type. It publishes critical, bibliographical, sociopolitical and historical studies of sf, Utopias, weird fiction and Fantasy. Averaging 90 large unillustrated pages per issue, Quarber Merkur has now published around three million words of serious criticism; it had reached #74 by the end of 1990. Contributors have included most of the major German sf critics, and writers such as Herbert W Franke and Stanisław Lem; many contributors have been from Eastern Europe. A collection of...

Kent, Brad

Tagged: Author | House name

A House Name used on four routine sf adventures published by Curtis Warren, three by Denis Hughes and Out of the Silent Places (1952) by Maurice G Hugi. [JC/DRL]"Brad Kent"works Listed in alphabetical order of true author: Biology "A" (London: Curtis Warren, 1952) by Denis Hughes [pb/Gordon C Davies] The Fatal Law (London: Curtis Warren, 1952) by Denis Hughes [pb/Ray Theobald] Catalyst (London: Curtis Warren, 1952) by Denis Hughes [pb/Ray Theobald] Out of the Silent Places (London: Curtis Warren, 1952) by Maurice G Hugi [pb/Gordon C Davies]links Internet Speculative Fiction Database Picture Gallery...

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