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Quiroule, Pierre

Tagged: Author | House name

Pseudonym of UK writer Walter William Sayer (1892-1982), and also a House Name of the Sexton Blake Library, to which Sayer contributed under that name; it was also used by R Coutts Armour. As Quiroule, Sayer is also credited with The Painted Death (1935), a Lost Race tale featuring Amazons deep in the South American jungle. [JC]Walter William Sayerborn West Ham, Essex [now London]: 24 January 1892died Maidenhead, Berkshire: 1982works The Painted Death (London: Thomas Nelson and Sons, 1935) [hb/uncredited]links...


Tagged: International

Sf in the modern sense evolved tentatively in Hungary in the 1870s, although it had had forerunners. The end of the eighteenth century was characterized by the popularity of Fantastic Voyages and Utopias. French and other sources inspired Tariménes utazása ["The Voyage of Tariménes"] (1804) by György Bessenyei (1747-1811). The hero, who gets to an unknown country, not only describes the perfect order of the state but also presents a copy of its constitution. Another important fantastic utopia was Utazás a Holdba ["Voyage to the Moon"] (1836) by Ferenc Ney (1814-1899), a novel in which travellers find that the Moon has everything they miss on Earth: the possibility of happiness and the happin...

Quiet, Please

Tagged: Radio

Radio drama series (1947-1949). Created by Wyllis Cooper (see Radio) for the Mutual Broadcasting Network, then the ABC Radio Network. Written mainly by Cooper. Announcer: Ernest Chappell. 106 30-minute episodes. The innocent-seeming title disguised what was often one of the most frightening radio anthology series ever broadcast in the US, almost always starring announcer Chappell (1903-1983). While the great majority of the programmes dealt with Horror or mystery-suspense, sf featured from time to time. For example, "It's Later than You Think" (8 February 1948) centres on Time Travel. The series' most famous episode is without question "The Thing on the Fourble Board" (9 August 1948), which...


Tagged: Theme

Although various literary traditions supplied inspiration and continued support to Proto SF, it was the perception of the power which the new Machines of the Industrial Revolution had to transform the world which gave birth to sf itself, inspiring Jules Verne's imaginary voyages, George Griffith's Future-War stories, H G Wells's Scientific Romances, the hi-tech Utopian fantasies of Edward Bellamy and others, and the mechanized Dystopian nightmares which dissented from them. The demands of melodrama have always ensured that, even in those specialist magazines whose editors were outspoken champions of technological advancement – most notably Hugo Gernsback and John W Campbell Jr – most stories...

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