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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 ...

On Spec

Canadian Semiprozine, Digest-size, perfect bound (from Fall 1991), around 96pp, published by The Copper Pig Collective, Edmonton, which arose out of a writers' group at the University of Alberta. The original General Editor was Marianne O Nielson, but she retired after the Spring 1992 issue and thereafter it has been edited by a collective, which has included over time Catherine Girczyc, Barry Hammond, Susan MacGregor, Hazel Sangster, ...

Rocky Horror Picture Show, The

Film (1975). A Lou Adler-Michael White Production/Twentieth Century Fox. Directed by Jim Sharman. Written by Sharman, O'Brien, based on O'Brien's stage musical The Rocky Horror Show (1973). Cast includes Jonathan Adams, Barry Bostwick, Tim Curry, Charles Gray, Peter Hinwood, Meatloaf, Little Nell (Laura Campbell), Richard O'Brien, Patricia Quinn and Susan Sarandon. 101 minutes. Colour. / This UK film created little stir when first released in the USA, but by mid-1976 it ...

Féval fils, Paul

(1860-1933) French author, best known for his adaptations and continuations of the work of his father, Paul Féval, beginning in 1893. He was relatively unprolific in the sf field, though Félifax (1929-1933 2vols [see Checklist for separate volumes]; trans Brian Stableford as Felifax the Tiger Man 2007) is about a Tarzan-like protagonist whose near- ...

Moore, Fiona

(1974-    ) Canadian academic and author, in the UK from before 2005; in her nonfiction she specializes in the "international business", and is Professor of Business Anthropology in the University of London (see Anthropology).. She is of sf interest initially for nonfiction studies in Television series, beginning with Liberation: The Unofficial and Unauthorized Guide to Blake's 7 (2003) with Alan ...

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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