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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 Superman. His powers have waned over the years, and other superheroes have died or abandoned New York; in conjunction ...

Into the Ruins

US low-paying magazine available in print form, as a downloadable PDF and, latterly, as an Ebook. It was produced by Joel Caris of Figuration Press, Portland, Oregon and ran for sixteen quarterly issues, from Spring 2016 to Summer 2020. / The magazine's theme was the deindustrialization of civilization, looking at how the future might cope with Climate Change, fossil-fuel depletion, Pollution, Economic collapse and social upheaval. It promoted the exploration of smaller, home-based ...

Castle of Frankenstein

US letter-size saddle-stapled Media Magazine printed on newsprint. Published by Gothic Castle Publishing Company Incorporated. Editors included Calvin T Beck, Larry Ivie and Bhob Stewart. 25 issues 1962 to 1975 plus one Annual edition. Publication, though nominally quarterly, was very erratic. / This is widely considered the best of the US Monster Movies magazines, eclipsing Famous Monsters of Filmland. It offered a more mature look at the field than any of its competitors. Books and Comics ...

Edison, Thomas Alva

(1847-1931) US inventor, entrepreneur and author, credited with numerous Inventions – including the light bulb, the phonograph and significant contributions to the development of the motion picture – for which he received more than 1093 patents. It has been argued that Edison's working practice was to supervise the original work of others, taking corporate credit for them in his own name (a practice which, under various descriptions, remains common in scientific research); there is ...

Kahn, Katie

Working name of UK executive in the field of digital Technology and author Katie Khan Wood (?   -?   ), whose first novel, Hold Back the Stars (2017), recounts the climax of a Near Future love story whose two protagonists, unable to return to their Spaceship, have only 90 minutes of oxygen left. Below them, planet Earth shows a savage face, seemingly as a consequence of World War Three, though Europe has established a flexible Utopian model for survival, with ...

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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