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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 ...

Rowe, Hunter

Joint pseudonym of UK authors Peter Batty (1931-    ), a television producer, and John Knowler (1933-1979), an author under his own name, for The Power Box (1971), a Near Future Satire set in the Television industry, in which events seem to promise War. [JC]

Andrews, Scott K

(1971-    ) Author, apparently UK and also writing as Scott Andrews, of a guide to the Television series, Farscape (1999-2003, 2005): Uncharted Territory: An Unofficial and Unauthorized Guide to Farscape (2002). He has also contributed three volumes to the Shared World The Afterblight Chronicles (see The ...

Mäki, Reijo

(1958-    ) Finnish author of horror and thrillers, primarily known for his long-running Vares series, which pastiches American hard-boiled fiction and classic Westerns in an incongruous contemporary Finnish setting. Although little of his work has been translated, he remains one of the most recognizable Pulp fiction novelists in his native country, becoming a ...

Sivell, Steven

(?   -    ) UK author of Cloud Cuckoo Land (2007), set in a surreally bureaucratic unnamed country indistinguishable from England just before a great meteorite hits the planet; the protagonist seeks to board a "vessel" which will survive the Disaster, allowing its passengers to reinhabit a shattered world. In The Godsend (2014 ebook) another pilgrim-like protagonist sets out eastward from ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos ...

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