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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 ...

AD Police Files

Japanese Original Video Animation (1990). Artmic, AIC. Directed by Takamasa Ikegami and Akira Nishimori. Written by Takehito Nakazawa and Kaoru Mizutani. Voice cast includes Toshio Furukawa, Youko Matsuoka, Miina Tominaga and Norio Wakamoto. Three 27-minute episodes. Colour. / This was a spin-off from Bubblegum Crisis (1987-1991), set a few years earlier in 2027 (see Near Future). ...

Road, The

Film (2009). Dimension Films and 2929 Productions present a Nick Wechsler/Chockstone Pictures production. Directed by John Hillcoat. Written by Joe Penhall, based on The Road (2006) by Cormac McCarthy. Cast includes Robert Duvall, Viggo Mortensen, Guy Pearce, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Charlize Theron and Michael K Williams. 111 minutes. Colour. / A father and son struggle to survive in a Near Future blighted by ...

Lewis, Brian

(1929-1978) British artist. After education at a technical school, he worked as a technical artist for Decca Radar until 1960, although he began doing interior art for John Carnell's New Worlds in 1954 and in 1957 began painting covers for that magazine, while also working for its sister magazines Science Fiction Adventures and ...

Bredenberg, Jeff

(1953-2010) US author known in the sf field primarily for his Dream Compass sequence of Post-Holocaust novels, comprising The Dream Compass (1991) and The Dream Vessel (1992). Though the venue is not innovatory – in a continent named Merqua [ie America], a geriatric "Monitor" attempts to stifle the young, who wish to be permitted to read again; and a rebel band escapes to a more enlightened ...

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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