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UK weekly sf Comic-strip magazine, 32-36pp, published by IPC from 26 February 1977, and then from 1987 by Fleetway. Fleetway was acquired by Rebellion Developments in 2000. Editors have included Kelvin Gosnell, Steve McManus, Richard Burton, Andy Diggle and Alan Barnes. Throughout, the editor has been presented as an Alien called Tharg, and some very entertaining and original sf short stories in graphic form have appeared under the title Tharg's Future Shocks. Early issues (referred to as ...

Kenyon, C R

(?   -?   ) UK author of books for Young Adult readers, including two sf tales: in A Polar Eden: Or, the Goal of the "Dauntless" (1897), a group of intrepid companions find an inhabited Lost World in a warm enclave in the heart of the Arctic; and in The Argonauts of the Amazon (1901), a Lost Race of Incans is discovered high above that river. [JC]

Hathway, Alan

(1906-1977) Author, presumably US, known only for his four 1941 contributions to the Doc Savage universe, all under the usual House Name for that series: Kenneth Robeson. These began with "The Devil's Playground" (January 1941 Doc Savage; 1970). The remaining episodes – "The Rustling Death" (May 1941 Doc Savage), featuring a disintegration Weapon, "The Headless Men" (June 1941 Doc Savage), whose Mad Scientist controls a horde of decapitated but still living slaves, and "The Mindless ...

Rameau, Jean

Pseudonym of French author Laurent Labaigt (1858-1942), who first became well-known with the contes cruels assembled in Fantasmagories, histoires rapides ["Phantasmagorias: Rapid Tales"] (coll 1887), which contains some of the best examples of his very large output (reportedly 5,000 short stories in all); though condensed into a kind of surreal pointillism, sf motifs – the use of electricity as a universal Power Source, and portraits of the Paris of the future – can be detected. ...

Oliver, Jerome

(1886-?   ) US author of Khan, Phantom Emperor of 1940 (1934), a Near Future tale in which a threatened world conflagration, as plotted by the eponymous aspirant to world domination (see Yellow Peril), is averted. [JC]

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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