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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 ...

7 Faces of Dr Lao

Film (1964). George Pal Productions/MGM. Produced and directed by George Pal. Written by Charles Beaumont, based on The Circus of Dr Lao (1935) by Charles Finney. Cast includes Noah Beery Jr, Barbara Eden, John Ericson, Arthur O'Connell and Tony Randall. 99 minutes. Colour. / The film is Fantasy, but warrants inclusion here as the work of ...


US tv series (1999). Babylonian Productions for TNT. Created by J Michael Straczynski. Producers include Straczynski and Douglas Netter. Written by Straczynski and Fiona Avery. Directed by Michael Vejar, Tony Dow, Stephen Furst, and Janet Greek. Cast includes Gary Cole as Matthew Gideon, Tracy Scoggins as Elizabeth Lochley, Daniel Dae Kim as John Matheson, David Allen Brooks as Max Eilerson, Peter Woodward as Galen, Marjean Holden as Sarah ...

Carrère, Jean

(1865-1932) French journalist, poet and author, of some sf interest for a novel published at the end of his active career, La Fin d'Atlantis ou le grand soir ["The End of Atlantis or the Great Evening"] (1926; trans Brian Stableford as The End of Atlantis 2017). The novel is remarkable not for any originality concerning the collapse of the Empire of Atlantis into the sea, but for a sustained ...

Rosemary's Baby

Film (1968). Paramount Pictures presents a William Castle production. Directed by Roman Polanski. Written by Polanski from the novel Rosemary's Baby (1967) by Ira Levin. Cast includes Ralph Bellamy, Sidney Blackmer, John Cassavetes, Patricia Ann Conway, Elisha Cook Jr, Tony Curtis, Maurice Evans, Mia Farrow and Ruth Gordon. 136 minutes. Colour. / Paranoia pervades the Inner Space ...

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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