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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 ...

GUD Magazine

US downloadable Online Magazine, also published in Semiprozine print form, based in Laconia, New Hampshire, but founded by British author Mike Coombes. It began with an issue #0, Spring 2007 and appeared twice yearly although issue #5 was delayed, dated Winter 2009 but not released until June and after issue #6 (Summer 2010) a server problem led to a lengthy hiatus with issue #7, the last, not appearing until Spring 2016. The ...

Biemiller, Carl L

(1912-1979) US businessman, journalist and author, of sf interest for his two series of novels for older children: the Jonny sequence comprising The Magic Ball from Mars (1953) and Starboy (1956); and, more interestingly, the Post-Holocaust Hydronauts sequence – The Hydronauts (1970), Follow the Whales: The Hydronauts Meet the Otter People (1973) and Escape from the Crater ...

Colón, Suzan

(?   -    ) US author of a series of Ties novelizing the television series Smallville (2001-2011) about the childhood of Superman, beginning with Smallville: Buried Secrets (2003), and of the Batman spinoff Catwoman: The Life and Times of a Feline Fatale (2003). [JC]

Two Women of the West

Joint pseudonym of Alice Ilgenfritz Jones (1846-1906) and Ella Robinson Merchant (1857-1916) for their sf Satire, Unveiling a Parallel: A Romance (1893), whose male narrator, after flying to Mars in an "aeroplane" – a very early appearance of the word in English – discovers there a Utopia based on Gender reversal (see Feminism; ...

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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