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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 ...

Wu Ming-Yi

(1971-    ) Taiwanese academic, artist and author whose Near Future sf novel, Fu Yan Ren (2011; trans Derryl Sterk as The Man with the Compound Eyes 2013), describes with parable-like intensity the intersection of a vast Island of polluted matter (known as the Great Pacific Trash Vortex) with the civilizations which have created it (see Climate Change; ...

Panofsky, Margaret

(?   -    ) US musician, specializing in the viola de gamba, and author; her first novel, The Last Shade Tree (2017), depicts with some complexity a Near Future planet manifestly at the verge of plunging into World War Three through the Young Adult eyes of a disaffected member of the Cherokee nation. His experience of the world, and what may be ...

New Writings in SF

Original-Anthology series begun in 1964 by John Carnell after he relinquished the editorship of New Worlds and Science Fantasy, though planned several months before he announced his departure, when Carnell believed the day of the fiction magazine was over in Britain and the future was in the paperback book. The UK paperback editions (all published ...

Star Cops

UK tv series (1987). BBC TV. Devised by Chris Boucher, produced by Evgeny Gridneff, script edited by Joanna Willett. Directors Christopher Baker, Graeme Harper. Writers Boucher (5 episodes), Philip Martin and John Collee. Cast includes Jonathan Adams, David Calder, Trevor Cooper, Erick Ray Evans, Linda Newton and Anna Shoun. Nine 55-minute episodes. Colour. / It is 2027 CE. Nathan Spring (Calder) is the new head detective of the International Space ...

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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