BURKS, Arthur J.


BURKS, Arthur J.
(1898-1974)
   US military man and writer who, after some years in the US Army, began publishing fantasy with "Thus Spake the Prophetess" for Weird Tales in 1924 and sf with "Monsters of Moyen" for ASF in 1930. After two decades of high productivity, he remained intermittently active into the 1960s, with time out for further service in WWII. Only one of his sf novels, The Great Mirror (1942 Science Fiction Quarterly; 1952), has been reprinted in book form. The others included "Earth, the Marauder" (1930 ASF), "The Mind Master" (1932 ASF), "Jason Sows Again" (1938 ASF), "Survival" and its sequel "Exodus" (both 1938 Marvel Science Stories) and "The Far Detour" (1942 Science Fiction Quarterly). Much of his best work was fantasy, including The Great Amen (1938), Look Behind You! (coll 1954 chap), Black Medicine (coll 1966) and The Casket (1973). AJB was one of the most prolific of all PULP-MAGAZINE writers: his sf and fantasy constitute only a small fraction of his prodigious output.
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Science Fiction and Fantasy Encyclopedia. . 2011.

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