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Quarber Merkur

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 ...

Sexton Blake Library

Sexton Blake, a long-running fictional detective sometimes known as the poor man's Sherlock Holmes, shares (though not in his earliest incarnations) several Holmes characteristics including residence in London's Baker Street; his adventures, however, are substantially more melodramatic. Created in "The Missing Millionaire" (December 1893 The Halfpenny Marvel) by Harry Blyth writing as Hal Meredeth, the character developed into an extensive Series franchise which continued until 1978, with more ...

Anam, Tahmima

(1975-    ) Bangladeshi-born author, variously in France and elsewhere from childhood, in UK from about 2010. Her fiction, beginning with A Golden Age (2007), has been sharply topical, without any extraction of topoi from the fantastic. Her fourth novel, The Startup Wife (2021), set in the very Near Future water margins of Fantastika, traces the interweaving consequences of a married couple's ambitious projects: an attempt to import "empathy" into AIs; and an attempt to ...

Cerasini, Marc A

(1952-    ) US author whose work of genre interest began with Robert E Howard (1987) with Charles E Hoffman, a reader's guide to that author; and whose subsequent work has consisted of Ties, beginning with Godzilla Returns (1996). AVP: Alien vs Predator (2004) novelizes the film AVP Alien vs Predator (2004). [JC]

Wood, William

(?   -    ) UK author whose sf novel The News from Karachi (1962) posits a Near Future world afflicted by a rolling succession of plagues, perhaps triggered by uncontrolled testing of nuclear weapons (see Nuclear Energy; World War Three). Mutant fauna have been to proliferate. The Prime Minister of a pan-European state commits symbolic suicide by plunging into a mushroom cloud. The tale ends without offering any excessive solace. [JC]

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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