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Burke, Jonathan

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Working name for most of his sf of UK author John Burke (1922-2011), who wrote sf and fantasy under his own name (much of his short sf is so signed) as well as J F Burke and Robert Miall, and who used various other pseudonyms for non-fantastic work. He was active in Fandom in the 1930s (see The Fantast; The Futurian; The Satellite), only beginning to publish sf proper with "Chessboard" for New Worlds in January 1953. Prior to this he had made an early sale to Tales of Wonder with "Before the Flood", though the magazine ceased in 1942 before this could be published; his actual professional debut was the horror tale "The Lost Child" (1952 Magpie). Burke's first novel, Swift Summer (1949) as by J F Burke is a marginal fantasy of some slight interest, as is The Outward Walls (1951). His sf novels, which tend to the routine, do deal competently enough with a variety of themes, from Parallel Worlds in The Echoing Worlds (1954) to Evolution in Twilight of Reason (1954), though without excessive energy; Deep Freeze (1955) faces an all-female world with the return of the male (see Women in SF); the protagonist of Pursuit through Time: A Modern Novel of Science and Imagination (1956) attempts to prevent a worldwide dictatorship through Time Travel into the past, where he hopes to prevent the tyrant's birth. Burke also wrote Ties as by Robert Miall, notably of Moon Zero Two (1969) and the 1970s television series UFO [see Checklist below]. In later years, almost always as John Burke, he edited Horror anthologies, novelized film and television productions, and continued to write supernatural fiction, much of which was assembled in We've Been Waiting For You and Other Tales of Unease (coll 2002). [JC/DRL]

John Frederick Burke

born Rye, Sussex: 8 March 1922

died Kirkcudbright, Scotland: 20 September 2011



Hammer Horror


  • UFO (London: Pan Books, 1970) as Robert Miall [tie: novelizing the television series UFO: UFO: pb/]
    • UFO-1: Flesh Hunters (New York: Warner Books, 1973) as by Robert Miall [tie: vt of the above: novelizing the television series UFO: UFO: pb/]
  • UFO 2 (London: Pan Books, 1971) as by Robert Miall [tie: novelizing the television series UFO: UFO: pb/]
    • UFO-2: Sporting Blood (New York: Warner Books, 1973) as Robert Miall [tie: vt of the above: novelizing the television series UFO: UFO: pb/]

Dr Caspian, Psychic Investigator

individual titles



  • The Sorcerers (Hornsea, East Yorkshire: PS Publishing, 2013) as John Burke [nonfiction: relating to the film The Sorcerers including the full original script: edited by Johnny Mains: hb/photographic]

works as editor


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