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Schulman, Audrey

(1963-    ) Canadian author whose sixth novel, the Near Future Theory of Bastards (2018), focuses primarily on a speculative study, and complex intercourse with, a family of bonobos (see Apes as Human; Biology; Zoo) caged in a research institute; the free-form non-agonistic Sex enjoyed by these "animals" provides a model for the human researcher at the heart of the tale, which is set in a world more and more intensely beholden to intervening Communications bots. A sudden ...

Black Gate

US Small Press Fantasy magazine that began as a Semiprozine but now pays professional rates. It is published by New Epoch Press, St Charles, Illinois on a bi-annual basis and edited by John O'Neill. It was printed in standard size in emulation of the Pulp magazines, though is not pulp itself being printed on quality lightly coated stock, but each issue runs to over 200 pages giving it the thickness of the old pulps. The print editions, which proved prohibitively expensive, ceased with issue #15 ...

Shafer, Robert

(1920-    ) US academic and author of The Conquered Place (1954; vt The Naked and the Damned 1955), a Near Future tale in which the eastern half of America has suffered a Russian Invasion; a resistance movement soon develops in the west, and a Scientist with vital knowledge is rescued from St Louis. [JC]

Archie Adventure Comics

This and Red Circle Comics were the Superhero imprints of Archie Comics Publications Inc. Archie Adventure Comics has at various times featured the heroes The Black Hood, The Fly (also known as Fly-Man), The Fox, The Jaguar and the superhero team the Mighty Crusaders. Founded as MLJ Publications in 1939 by John L Goldwater (1916-1999) and Louis Silberkleit (1905-1986), the company originally published many superheroes including The Shield (not to be confused with the later Marvel character of ...

Green, Henry

Pseudonym of UK industrialist and author Henry Vincent Yorke (1905-1973), whose several laconic but richly thought-through nonfantastic novels, from Blindness (1926) to Doting (1952), gained him a small but intensely appreciative readership. A short fantasy tale, "Monsta Monstrous", was drafted in the early 1920s, though it only reached print posthumously in Surviving: The Uncollected Writings of Henry Green (coll 1992). His one sf novel, Concluding (1948), set fifty-five years hence in a ...

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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