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Alarming Tales

US Comic (1957-1958). Six issues. Western Tales Inc. Artists include Jack Kirby, Joe Simon and Doug Wildey. Script writers include Jack Kirby and Jack Oleck. Four long strips (4-6 pages) and three or four short (1-2 pages) strips or text stories per issue. / The first issue of this short-lived comic is very good. Highlights are "The Cadmus Seed", where biochemist Horace Googer develops tiny seeds which grow into plant-based humans ...

Schmidt, Dennis

(1939-2003) US author who restricted himself almost exclusively to series during his short active career; although he began publishing work of genre interest with "Seeker of the Way" in Galaxy for October 1976, the tale was a prelude to the three volumes of the Kensho sequence – Way-Farer (1978), Kensho (1979), Satori (1981) and Wanderer (1985) – which features a protagonist who combines Zen ...

Wilkes, Marilyn Z

(?   -    ) US author of the C.L.U.T.Z. sequence of sf tales for the youngest of Young Adult readers, beginning with C.L.U.T.Z. (1982). The titular acronym stands for Combined Level Unit Type Z, and is the name of an obsolescent Robot who befriends and is befriended by the young protagonist in the distant Near Future. Hi-jinks ensue. [JC]

Giles, Harry Josephine

(1986-    ) UK actor and author, in Orkney from childhood; active from around 2008. They are of sf interest for Deep Wheel Orcadia (2021), a book-length narrative poem whose original text, composed in Orcadian, is accompanied by an English version by the author whose seeming paraphrastic excesses constitute a critique of the ability of English words to capture complex realities. The tale is set in the Near Future on a ...

Bentley, Norman S

(1867-?   ) US lawyer and author whose Future War novel Armada of the Air (1937) counts as an extremely early Hitler Wins tale, though the emphasis here is more on the governmental fanaticism that has disarmed Great Britain by 1946 than on the four dictators (one of them Hitler by clear inference) who wage war by air (the armada boasts thousands of planes) on their hapless foe. [JC]

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...

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