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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 ...

Morgan, Kathleen

(1950-    ) US author whose later work is self-identified as designed for a Christian market, and tends to involve conversations of the unfaithful whose quest for love is defective; the Guardians of Gadiel sequence beginning with Giver of Roses (2005) is so couched. / Morgan is of more specific sf interest for some tales that read as singletons but are very loosely associated through background elements, beginning with The Knowing Crystal ...

Robbins, Judith Redman

(1941-    ) US author of the Coyote Woman trilogy beginning with Coyote Woman (1996), a Prehistoric SF sequence set in the time of the Anasazi civilization and following the life story of a young woman who, instead of marrying as ordained, becomes a force for good in her world (see Feminism; Women in SF) and culture changer. [JC]

Planet of the Apes

1. Film (1968). Apjac/Twentieth Century Fox. Directed by Franklin J Schaffner. Written by Michael Wilson, Rod Serling, based on La planète des singes (1963; trans as Planet of the Apes 1963) by Pierre Boulle. Cast includes Maurice Evans, Charlton Heston, Kim Hunter, Roddy McDowall and James Whitmore. 112 minutes. Colour. / Astronauts crashland on a planet where intelligent ...


US Bedsheet-size saddle-stapled Cinema magazine printed on slick paper. Edited and published by Frederick S Clarke. Eight quarterly issues 1993 to 1995. / Intended to focus more on low-budget films, Television and Horror than its parent magazine Cinefantastique, this title proved short-lived despite being of excellent quality in its ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. ...

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