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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 ...

Danville, Gaston

Pseudonym of French author Armand Blocq (1870-1933), who initially came to prominence through his involvement with the journal Mercure de France, which he helped found in 1890, and which espoused the Symbolist movement in French poetry. The Anatomy of Love and Murder: Psychoanalytical Fantasies (coll trans Brian Stableford from various sources 2013) presents tales dating from 1891 to 1916, several of them assembled in ...

Star General

Videogame (1996). Catware. Designed by Bill Fawcett. Platforms: DOS, Win. / Star General is a turn-based strategic war game dealing with conflicts on an interstellar scale (see Computer Wargames), much influenced by board and counter Wargames. The design is an expanded version of Panzer General (1994 Strategic Simulations Inc, DOS; ...

Sebold, Gaie

(?   -    ) UK author who began to publish work of genre interest with "A Fire by Night" in Legends for October 2002. Most of her work has been fantasy, including the Babylon Steel sequence beginning with Babylon Steel (2011; vt Bad Gods 2022) whose protagonist, who runs a brothel in the City of Scalentine, finds herself involved in noirish efforts to keep its fragile government afloat. The ...

Warren, Kaaron

(1965-    ) Australian author, best known for supernatural horror tales like her first novel Slights (2009), which won a Ditmar Award for best novel. She began publishing work of genre interest with "The Blue Stream" in Aurealis for October 1994; this tale was assembled with other early work as The Grinding House (coll 2005; vt The Glass Woman 2007). Further collections ...

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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