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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 ...

Schafer, Kerry

(1963-    ) Canadian author, now in USA, whose Books of the Between sequence, comprising Between (2013) and Wakeworld (2014), whose protagonist finds herself increasingly shifting between the normal and a dream world which resembles Virtual Reality; she meets a fellow dreamshifter, romance and danger beckon. The Dream Wars sequence, beginning with The Dream Runner (2013 ebook), is ...


Term occasionally used in sf for the hardware of Nanotechnology, as in Tom Cool's Infectress (1997), John DeChancie's Innerverse (1996) and Ian Watson's "Nanoware Time" (June 1989 Asimov's). [DRL]

Daniel, Mark

Working name of UK author Mark Daniel Fitzgeorge-Parker (1954-    ) whose first novel, The Laughing Man (1984), is a political thriller set in the Near Future with little or no speculative content; Chocky's Challenge (1986) is a tie to Chocky's Challenge (1986 6parts), a Thames Television sequel to John Wyndham's Chocky (March 1963 ...

Noyes, Pierrepont B

(1870-1959) US businessman and author whose The Pallid Giant: A Tale of Yesterday and Tomorrow (1927; vt Gentlemen: You Are Mad! 1946) places in an ominous Near-Future context the discovery of records of a long-dead ancient race, which destroyed itself with Death Rays. The last survivors, one of them fortunately a scientist, undertake by Genetic Engineering to set ...

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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