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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 ...

Kagan, Norman

(1943-    ) US film researcher and author whose occasional sf stories – from "The Mathenauts" for If in July 1964 through "Counter Ecology" (in Tomorrow Today, anth 1975, ed George Zebrowski) – have sometimes dealt vigorously and amusingly with Mathematics as a subject, and tend to feature extroverted mathematicians as protagonists in ...

Humanoids from the Deep

Film (1980; vt Monster; vt Beneath the Darkness). New World Pictures. Executive producer Roger Corman (uncredited). Directed by Barbara Peters and Jimmy T Murakami (uncredited). Written by Frederick James from a story by Frank Arnold and Martin B Cohen. Cast includes Doug McClure, Vic Morrow, Lynn Schiller (as Lynn Theel), Ann Turkel and Cindy Weintraub. 80 minutes. Colour. / Offshore from the village of Noyo, ...

Strange Plasma

US Semiprozine, letter-size, published by Edgewood Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and edited by Steve Pasechnick. Intended to be quarterly the magazine ran for eight occasional issues, once or twice a year between Summer 1989 and Winter 1994, Pasechnick openly admitting that producing a Small Press magazine was "far more difficult" than he had imagined. Subtitled "speculative + imaginative fiction", ...

Kyme, Nick

(?   -    ) UK editor and author, involved in Games journalism and other functions from 1998; his sf novels are Ties to Games Workshop Wargame universes, beginning with Necromunda: Back from the Dead (2006) and continuing with a Warhammer novel, Warhammer: Oathbreaker (2008), and several for the more heavily sf-oriented ...

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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