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Shock Tales

US letter-size saddle-stapled weird fiction magazine. Publisher: M F Enterprises as "M.F. Ent." Editor: Myron Fass. One issue only, January 1959. / This magazine was primarily made up of low-quality Horror fiction some of which bordered on science fiction. While there was almost no film material, it is nevertheless a sought-after item by collectors of Monster Movies publications. This is perhaps because it was one of the first titles in the field from the later notorious publisher Myron ...

Nathan, David

(1926-2001) UK author of The Story So Far (1986), in which the Near Future world is depicted as terminally suffering from human failures in the understanding and application of Ecology. [JC]

Ni Kuang

Main writing name of Ni Cong (1935-    ), a Chinese author whose life began unpromisingly as a teenage drop-out, before his swift rise through the ranks of the Communist Party security police. Accused of counter-revolutionary activities, he fled to Hong Kong in 1957 and embraced anti-Communist fiction with all the zeal of a convert. His first professional sale, the non-genre Huomai ["Buried Alive"] (December 1957 Keung Sheung Daily News) was a grotesque account of Communist ...

Joad, C E M

(1891-1953) UK philosopher, broadcaster and author, a senior civil servant during World War One, and thus exempt from service. His public loucheness and transgressive atheism, as well as a sustained advocacy of free love, are conspicuously manifested in Priscilla and Charybdis and Other Stories (coll 1924), the title story of which features the seduction of a young matron by a hairy flâneur who claims to be the Reincarnation of Pan (see Sex). His last work of fiction, The Adventures of ...

Ruben, William S

(?   -    ) US author known mainly for Weightless in Gaza (1970 as Fred Shannon; exp vt Dionysus: The Ultimate Experiment 1977), in which NASA conducts Sex experiments in space. Escape from the Holocaust (1975) is nonfiction dealing with the Final Solution. [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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