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Jarvis, E K

Ziff-Davis House Name used 1942-1958 in Amazing, Fantastic Adventures and Fantastic for over 45 stories, primarily by Robert Moore Williams, who used the name as a personal pseudonym until the 1950s, when Robert Bloch, Paul W Fairman, Harlan Ellison, Robert Silverberg and Henry Slesar also wrote as Jarvis. Bloch was the most frequent identified user of the byline in the 1950s, with seven appearances; many more "Jarvis" stories remain unidentified. Biddy and the Silver Man (February 1957 ...

Jackson, Basil

(1920-    ) Welsh-born author, in Canada from 1948, who specialized in Technothrillers set either at the edge of the present, or in the very Near Future, beginning with Epicenter (1971), where Toronto is threatened by a very bad leak of radioactive material. Rage Under the Arctic (1974) concentrates on a sabotaged nuclear tanker submarine; in The Night Manhattan Burned (1979), Manhattan (see New York) is rammed by a supertanker full of explosive gas. Other tales, like ...

Condo, A D

Working name of US newspaper cartoonist Armundo Dreisbach Condo (1872-1956), best known for his regular strip The Outbursts of Everett True (1905-1927), created with J W Raper. He is of sf interest for the Comic strip Mr Skygack, From Mars, which he created in 1907 for the Chicago Day Book and which was nationally syndicated to many US newspapers until 1917. Roughly four hundred strips and single-panel cartoons appeared. Skygack, a big-brained Alien "Special Correspondent" from Mars with an ...

Marcellino, Fred

(1939-2001) American artist, known for both his book covers and his illustrated children's books. Trained as a fine artist, Marcellino shifted in the 1960s to designing album covers, and in the 1970s he began producing book covers for major New York publishers. Never a specialist in sf, Marcellino was admired for interesting and sometimes abstract designs that widely influenced the entire industry, and he was regularly trusted to provide covers for best-selling authors like Judith Rossner, Anne ...

Nines, The

Film (2007). Destination Films/Jinks-Cohen Company. Written and directed by John August. Cast includes Hope Davis, Elle Fanning, Melissa McCarthy, Ryan Reynolds and Octavia Spencer. 100 minutes. Colour. / Perturbations in reality intrude on an actor, a television showrunner, and a Videogame auteur (all Reynolds), whose worlds interlock without overlapping; all three Identities are revealed as Avatars of a Nine, a trans-Dimensional being who has become addicted to and trapped in the world of ...

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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