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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 ...

Weekley, Ian

(1933-2014) UK teacher and author, who should not be confused with the artist and modeller Ian Weekley (1932-2005). His sf novel, The Moving Snow (1974), rather prosaically describes how a family copes with a Climate Change crisis that brings severe Arctic conditions to the UK. All in all they survive snugly (see Cosy Catastrophe). [JC]

Mayer, Robert

(1939-2019) US journalist and author best known for his first novel, Superfolks (1977), a gonzo Satire of Superheroes as they featured in Comics before they began to be depicted, from the early 1980s on, in darker and more ambivalent tones – a change that can be partly laid down to the influence of Mayer's novel, whose protagonist, David Brinkley, is unmistakably based on ...


The generally used nickname, originating in Fan Language, of the UK national sf Convention. This is traditionally held over the Easter bank holiday weekend, though this was not the case in early years. The first event in the consensus list below took place on a single day of the slightly later Whitsun holiday weekend, 15 May 1948, and although the 1949 event was genuinely an Eastercon, Whitsun was the usual choice until 1955. ...

Roberts, Alaric J

(?   -    ) US author in whose New Trade Winds for the Seven Seas (1942) a Lost World is discovered beneath a Pacific Island Under the Sea inhabited by survivors of Atlantis, who agree to use their advanced Technology and civilization to help the twentieth century world above. ...

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. He began to publish work of genre interest with an sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" in Triquarterly for Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959]; he began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and later in ...

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