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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 ...

Gill, Joe

Working name of Joseph P Gill (1919-2006), highly productive US Comics scriptwriter and colourist who is certainly among the most prolific comics writers of all time and could indeed be in the number-one position; so much of his work appeared without credit that the true figures may never be known. He was first active in the 1940s with Timely Comics, precursor of Marvel Comics, and in the 1950s became strongly associated with ...

Septerra Core: Legacy of the Creator

Videogame (1999). Valkyrie Studios. Designed by Brian Babendererde. Platforms: Win. / Septerra Core is a Computer Role Playing Game played in Isometric three-dimensional perspective, with a design heavily influenced by Japanese console games such as the Final Fantasy series. It is set on an alternate ...

Hughes, Monica

(1925-2003) UK-born author, from 1952 in Canada, where she won several awards in recognition of her Young Adult works, including the Canada Council Children's Literature Prize in 1982 and 1983. Her first sf novels, the Conshelf Ten sequence comprising Crisis on Conshelf Ten (1975) and its sequel, Earthdark (1977), utilize an Under-the-Sea and a Lunar (see ...

Mason, Mary

(?   -    ) US author, married since 1987 to Stephen Goldin, with whom she collaborated on the short and lightweight Rehumanization of Jade Darcy sf sequence; see his entry for more. [DRL]

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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