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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 ...

Ackroyd, Peter

(1949-    ) UK author first active as a poet before turning to cultural studies like Dressing Up: Transvestism, Drugs and Literary Culture (1979), and only then to fiction, which as a whole can usefully, in the frame of this encyclopedia, be understood as a series of sometimes inspired exercises in Urban Fantasy [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below], with a recurring focus on ...

Strange Days

Film (1995). Universal Pictures presents a Lightstorm Entertainment production. Directed by Kathryn Bigelow. Written by James Cameron and Jay Cocks. Cast includes Angela Bassett, Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Lewis, Tom Sizemore and Michael Wincott. 145 minutes. Colour. / In the last days of 1999, after Los Angeles (see California) has become a no man's land, a trafficker in bootleg recordings of first-person experiences is ...

MacBeth, George

(1932-1992) UK poet and author who contributed six poems to New Worlds from 1966 to 1969. The first of these, "Crab Apple Crisis" (October 1966 New Worlds), is a devastating reductio ad absurdum mapping of World War Three as a dispute between neighbours, organized in terms of the nuclear escalation ladder outlined by Herman Kahn. This appears with three other ...


1. Variant title of the film Forbidden World (1982). / 2. Film (1983; vt Night Shadows). Film Ventures International. Directed by John Bud Cardos. Written by Peter Z Orton, Michael Jones, John C Kruize. Cast includes Cary Guffey, Wings Hauser, Bo Hopkins, Jody Medford, Lee Montgomery and Jennifer Warren. 99 minutes. Colour. / When their car is wrecked by fun-loving good ole boys, two city slickers are trapped in a ...

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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