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Quarber Merkur

Austrian Fanzine; edited by Franz Rottensteiner since its inception in 1963. In the argot of fans, Quarber Merkur is a "sercon" (serious and constructive) fanzine, one of the longest-running and most impressive of its type. It publishes critical, bibliographical, sociopolitical and historical studies of sf, Utopias, weird fiction and Fantasy. Averaging 90 large unillustrated pages per issue, Quarber Merkur has now published around three million words of serious criticism; it had reached #74 by ...

Van der Naillen, A

(1830-1928) Belgian-born occultist and author, in USA most of his life. His Magi sequence beginning with On the Heights of Himalay (1890) is of some sf interest for its attempts to mash together Theosophy, the Secret Masters who promulgate that doctrine and control the world from the eponymous mountains, and an Aztec Lost Race. [JC]

Hardy, David A

(1936-    ) UK artist and illustrator, known at least as much for his astronomical and space-exploration paintings, done in the accurate tradition of Chesley Bonestell, as for his sf work. Hardy is essentially a self-taught artist, though he attended the Margaret Street College of Art in Birmingham circa 1960 on day release from his illustration work for the chocolate manufacturer Cadbury, during which employment he honed his skills in commercial art, layout and typography ...

Great Year

The Great Year or Long Year, whose seasons last for many normal Earthly years, generations or even lifetimes, features in a number of sf works as a kind of literalization of cyclic history theories (see History in SF) in the context of Planetary Romance. The Dark Ages are reified as an interminable-seeming winter and the Golden Years as an equally prolonged summer. Special astronomical circumstances are generally invoked to account for such extended seasons. Thus the planet Tiamat in Joan D ...

Bruce, Stewart E

(?   -    ) US author on political issues from a leftwing point of view; his Utopia, The World in 1931 (1921) recklessly – in hindsight – suggests that the outcome of the bitterness and injustices that World War One intensified would be a pacific socialist commonwealth. [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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