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Fantastic Worlds [comic]

US Comic (1952-1953). Standard Comics. Three issues, numbered #5 – #7, on alternate months to the imprint's other sf comic Lost Worlds, which ran for two issues numbered #5 – #6 (many of the comic series owned by the publisher – Ned L Pines – started with #5). Artists include Jon L Blummer, John Celardo, Art Saaf and Alex Toth. Each issue included four comic strips, a ...

Cremer, Andrea

(1978-    ) US author of Young Adult novels, who has written at least one adult Sex fantasy as by A D Robertson; she is perhaps best known for the Nightshade sequence beginning with Nightshade (2010), set in a fantasy America where Werewolves and humans co-exist uneasily. The main protagonist of the series is a young woman whose energy and adroitness lead her into ...

Cool, Tom

(1954-    ) US computer technician for the American Navy and, after his retirement, author of three action-oriented sf novels. In Infectress (1997), a terrorist engineers a virus (see Medicine) designed to return Earth to an idyllic pre-civilized state, and makes use of a stolen AI and nanoware (see Nanotechnology) to further this goal; Secret Realms (1998), ...

Bennett, Arthur

(1862-1931) UK author, father of Alfred Gordon Bennett. His A Dream of an Englishman (1893) describes in inadequately fictionalized terms the history of the world in the twentieth century; Space Flight is mooted. The Dream of a Warringtonian (1900), self-published in Warrington, UK, describes a similar period as it applies to Warrington. [JC]

Hossain, Saad Z

(?   -    ) Bangladeshi author whose first novel, Baghdad Immortals (2013; vt Escape from Baghdad! 2015), treats the world of Iraq after the fall of Saddam Hussein as a surreal nightmare (see Imperialism; Satire; War); the tale traces the appalled and appalling "antics" of its two protagonists as they attempt to smuggle a torturer out of the land he ...

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 ...

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