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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 ...

Asimov's SF Adventure Magazine

US sf and fantasy magazine, a companion to Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine (see Asimov's Science Fiction) issued in letter-size semi-Slick format and published quarterly, four issues, Fall 1978 to Fall 1979. Following the success of the original Star Wars film Star Wars (1977), Asimov's SF Adventure was aimed at a younger, less ...

Harkins, James W

(1863/1864-1910) US playwright and author of A Prince of the East: A Romance (1900), a Lost Race tale with occult elements set in the Far East. [JC]

Flip Flappers

Japanese animated tv series (2016). Studio 3Hz. Directors include Kiyotaka Oshiyama. Writers include Yuniko Ayana and Naoki Hayashi. Voice cast includes Mao Ichimichi, Ai Kayano, Ayaka Ohashi, Minami Takahashi and Kenjirô Tsuda. Thirteen 24-minute episodes. Colour. / In a Near Future Japan, reserved schoolgirl Cocona (Takahashi) meets the enthusiastic Papika (Ichimichi), a member of the agency FlipFlap; accompanied by ...


Videogame (2001). Electronic Arts. Designed by Neil Young. Platforms: Win. / Majestic was one of the first Alternate Reality Games, and to date the only one to be launched through conventional game distribution channels. Promoted as "The Game That Plays You", it was intended to blur the line between fiction and reality by intruding into players' daily lives, an idea apparently inspired by the film ...

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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