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Quality Comics

The name most often used by US Comics publisher Comic Magazines Inc, founded in 1937 and active for some years. The logo Quality Comics appeared on all its titles from 1940 to the end of its existence. Established by Everett "Busy" Arnold (1899-1974), Quality published in various genres; Superheroes made up the bulk of its titles in the early to late 1940s, with such characters as Plastic Man and Kid Eternity along with the aviation hero Blackhawk. It was also the first company to reprint Will ...

Rose, Malcolm

(1953-    ) UK chemist and author of Young Adult fiction who may be best known for the Lawless and Tilley series of crime novels (not listed below) which, although the investigators are scientifically literate, is not sf. His first novels, which tend to focus on various Disasters, are of genre interest: The Obtuse Experiment (1993) is a thriller set in the Near Future; Circle of Nightmares (1997) is horror with sf elements; and Plague (2000) traces the course of a ...

Baker, Adam

(1969-    ) UK author whose Near Future Outpost Universe sequence beginning with Outpost (2011) follows the actions of a mixed group of survivors of a worldwide Pandemic, a Zombie Apocalypse plague which transforms its victims into rampaging metallic Monsters. The cast, which has survived this Disaster in an Arctic enclave, decides to travel south to see if there is anything left of the world; the death of several Red Shirts provides an answer. There is a great deal of ...

Samuel, Maurice

(1895-1972) Romanian-born translator and author, in US from 1914, best known for nonfiction studies on Jewish culture and issues. King Mob: A Study of the Present-Day Mind (1930) as by Frank K Notch is an early assault on the totalitarian implications of a Media Landscape created by advertising, in league with governments aspiring to gain mind-control over their citizens. Samuel is of some sf interest for The Devil That Failed (1952), whose protagonist, seemingly transformed while asleep into a ...

Wiltshire, David

(1935-    ) UK author of several novels for Robert Hale Limited including three Genre SF tales under his own name, beginning with The Homosaur (1978), and one as by John Bedford, The Titron Madness (1984). A BBC Television serial adaptation of his Horror in SF tale Child of Vodyanoi (1978; vt The Nightmare Man 1981) – featuring multiple killings on a Scottish Island by an apparent Alien from a UFO, actually its deranged Russian quasi-Cyborg pilot – was broadcast ...

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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