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Apes as Human

The heading for this entry should be seen as a rough short-hand designation for a subject whose nature is diffuse and has changed constantly over the centuries; in the second edition of this encyclopedia (1993) our remit for this entry – then entitled Apes and Cavemen (in the Human World) – was perhaps excessively broad, though we did not then (nor do we now) focus on quasi-imaginary creatures, variously described as monkeys or apes, who proliferate in Western literature from the ...

Servello, Joe

(1932-    ) American artist, apparently a lifelong resident of Altoona, Pennsylvania. Online biographies report generally that Servello has worked as an actor, art and drama teacher, and art director for television, but no specific information is provided. As a commercial artist, Servello is best known as an illustrator of children's books; his most prominent assignments were the covers and interior art for several juvenile novels by William Kotzwinkle, for which he usually ...

Collins, Max Allan

(1948-    ) US author, best known for mysteries and thrillers, many written as Max Collins; under that form of his name he also wrote the Dick Tracy comic strip from 1977 to 1993, assembling a good deal of this output – much of which features sf-like Inventions and villains with assorted Superpowers – in graphic collections like Dick Tracy Meets Angeltop: Flattop's Little Girl (graph coll 1980). He also wrote Dick Tracy (1990), novelizing the film, and other ...

Turner, Ron

(1922-1998) UK illustrator and Comics artist who took early inspiration from the gaudy sf covers of Amazing Stories and Astounding Science-Fiction. He was illustrating for the Boys' Paper Modern Wonder as early as 1940, and went on to produce many covers for 1950-1954 sf titles by John Russell Fearn writing as Vargo Statten, Volsted Gridban and other pseudonyms. These show Turner's fondness for bright colours, boldly unsubtle designs and massive hardware. His covers in this vigorous Pulp mode ...

Theaker's Quarterly Fiction

UK Amateur Magazine published by Silver Age Books, Birmingham, and produced by Stephen Theaker (1973-    ). It began Spring 2004 and though it has retained the Quarterly reference in its title it has sometimes appeared bimonthly, which is no surprise for a magazine that enjoys being eccentric and unusual. It began very self-indulgently by serializing Theaker's own previously self-published novels Professor Challenger in Space (2000; Spring-Summer 2004) a long overdue but ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...

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