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Compton, D G

(1930-2023) UK author, born of parents who were both in the theatre; he increasingly lived in the USA after 1981. As Guy Compton, he published some unremarkable detective novels, beginning with Too Many Murderers (1962), and as by Frances Lynch produced some nonfantastic Gothics throughout his career; but soon turned to sf with tales almost always set in the Near Future, and anatomizing moral dilemmas within that arena: the future is very clearly ...

Imaginary Voyages

A term much used in the Terminology of sf/fantasy critics, probably derived from the French, whose name for the genre is "voyages imaginaires". From this term was also derived Voyages extraordinaires, the overall series title used by publisher Jules Hetzel on the novels of Jules Verne. In this encyclopedia the theme is treated under ...

Universe [game]

Videogame (1983). Omnitrend Software (OS). Designed by Thomas Carbone, William Leslie III. Platforms: Atari8 (1983); AppleII (1984); DOS (1987). / Universe, a largely text-based game with some outline graphics which is played in turns, is an interesting precursor to the space exploration form of Space Sim, of which the first true example was Elite (1984). As in a ...

Mackenzie, Compton

(1883-1972) UK author, in active service during World War One, mostly in Scotland from around 1925; best known for his influential Bildungsroman, Sinister Street (1913-1914 2vols). He contributed several fantasies for younger readers to various issues of the ongoing Joy Street anthology series between 1923 and 1936, assembling earlier contributions as Told (coll 1930) [for details of later stories see Checklist]. ...

Jewish Mexican Literary Review, The

Canadian-based Online Magazine published between 2016-2018. Three issues were released. As created and edited by Silvia Moreno-Garcia and Lavie Tidhar, the concept for the magazine began as a joke, based on an attempt to find the most literary – and thus most respectable – name for a publication. During its short but distinguished run it published several notable names, ...

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 consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and sf ...

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