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Rutman, Leo

(1935-    ) US playwright and author. Spear of Destiny (1988) is an occult fantasy set in the Spanish Civil War, about the spear that pierced Christ's side, and which may remain magically potent. Of sf interest is Clash of Eagles (1990), a Hitler Wins tale set some years after its Jonbar Point, the surrender of Great Britain in 1941. America has been occupied, but the people rise against the tyrants, though the outcome remains in doubt. [JC]

Superworld Comics

US Comics series. Publisher: Hugo Gernsback as Kosmos Publishing. Three bimonthly issues, April to August 1940. / Arguably the first all-sf comic, this was Gernsback's short-lived venture into the comics field, launched soon after the Fiction House title Planet Comics made its debut in January 1940. Regular features with cover billing on all three issues were "Buzz Allen, Invisible Avenger", scripted by Charles D Hornig with artwork by Frank R Paul (also responsible for all three covers), ...

Quaglia, Roberto

(1962-    ) Italian author whose first works of genre interest were published in Romanian translation, beginning with Vagabondul interspatial (trans Cornel Nicolau from 1985 manuscript 1994; as Paradoxine: The Adventures of James Vagabond 2009); GOD Ltd (trans Peter de Ville from 1985 manuscript 1992 chap) is a Satire set in Western America about a deity who seems half Computer, half Ponzi scheme. Quaglia is best known in English for his gonzo collaborations with Ian Watson ...

Williamson, Thames

Working name of US screenwriter and author Thomas Ross Williamson (1894-1961) who over a prolific career published some work of genre interest, beginning with The Man Who Cannot Die (1926), set in the eighteenth century, about an elixir that gives Immortality at a cost. Against the Jungle (1933), set in Africa, and The Flint Chipper: A Boy's Story of England in the Stone Age (1940), are Lost Race adventures written for boys. Beginning at Dusk: An Interlude (1935) is a competent ghost story, ...

Priestley, J B

(1894-1984) UK playwright, man of letters and author, in active service throughout World War One, being wounded more than once: the War to him was a "deep, unhealing wound", and he retained his anger at the British "officer class" for the rest of his life; the savage (if slightly precious) Satirical fables assembled as Brief Diversions: Being Tales Travesties and Epigrams (coll 1922 chap) unmistakably convey a sense of aftermath. Priestley was formidably productive from the teens of the century ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...

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