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Rocket's Blast Comicollector

US photocopied Comics Fanzine/Semiprozine published on good-quality paper. Published by the Science Fiction and Comics Fan Association. Editors included G B Love and James Van Hise. 125 issues for 1964 to 1983, numbered #29-#153. Publication was monthly to 1978; thereafter nominally bimonthly but increasingly erratic from 1979. / This began with the 1962 merger of two Fanzines – The Rocket's Blast edited by G B Love (1939-2001) and The Comicollector edited by Jerry Bails (1933-2006) ...

Dune [series]

The best-known sf sequence by Frank Herbert, whose opening novel Dune (December 1963-February 1964 Analog as "Dune World"; January-May 1965 Analog as "The Prophet of Dune"; fixup 1965) offers a heady mixture of desert Ecology – in particular the complex life cycle of the titular world's immense, devouring sandworms – galactic Politics and the making of a Messiah. This was filmed as Dune (1984) directed by David Lynch; the first half of the novel was later filmed as Dune: Part One ...

Wells, Hal K

(1899-1979) US author, in active service during World War One, who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Brass Key" in Weird Tales for February 1929. Much of his sf work – like Zehru of Xollar (February 1932 Astounding; 2008 ebook) – was Space Opera for Pulp journals, with a tendency to the lurid. Some of his better work has been assembled as Anthology of Sci-Fi V9: The Pulp Writers: Hal K Wells (coll 2013). His novel, "Blood on the Sun" (May 1942 Startling Stories), has ...

Hemmingson, Michael

(1966-2014) US cultural anthropologist, screenwriter and author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Jack" in Midnight Zoo for 1993. His prolific output contains several works of sf interest, including Minstrels (1997), set in Near Future Paris where an American becomes embroiled in some action-thriller scenes intensified by – as in D G Compton's The Continuous Katherine Mortenhoe (1974) – his being fitted with a camera eye, transforming the world into a Media Landscape ...

Butner, Richard

(?   -    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Saving the World" (1989 Scream) and whose speculative short fiction has since appeared in such venues as Electric Velocipede, F&SF, Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, Say ... and Sci Fiction. Horses Blow Up Dog City & Other Stories (coll 2004 chap) assembles two new and three previously published tales; the title story is set in a Near Future dominated by Virtual Reality, a toxic ...

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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