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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 ...


Videogame (2001). Mucky Foot Productions. Platforms: Win. / Startopia is a God Game set on a series of derelict space stations which the player must rebuild after an interstellar war. The developers had previously been part of Peter Molyneux's Bullfrog Productions (BP), and the design is much influenced by such non sf Molyneux games as ...

Nichols, Nichelle

Working name of US singer, dancer and actor Grace Dell Nichols (1932-2022), best known for her role as Lieutenant Nyota Uhura in the original Star Trek (1966-1969) series and its very many spinoffs. Her first venture into genre fiction was the novelette "Surprise!" with Myrna Culbreath and Sondra Marshak in Star Trek: The New Voyages 2 (anth 1978) edited by Culbreath and ...

Le Page, Rand

A House Name used by the publishers Curtis Warren for some routine Space Operas and Space Flight adventures published 1952-1953. Authors included William Henry Fleming Bird with War of Argos (1952); John S Glasby with three titles in collaboration with Arthur ...

Watt-Evans, Lawrence

Working name of US author Lawrence Watt Evans (1954-    ), who began publishing sf in 1975 with "Paranoid Fantasy #1" for American Atheist as Evans, creating his current hyphenated surname in 1979 (at the request of Lester del Rey) to distinguish himself from another Lawrence Evans; he has also written stores as by Walter Vance Awsten and Ties as by Nathan Archer (see Checklist). He has constructed several ...

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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