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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 ...

Chappell, George S

(1877-1946) US architect and author, author of some Broadway musicals, well known in the 1920s as a humorist. Most of his work of genre interest was written as by Walter E Traprock; he also published essays on architectural subjects as by Tsquare. As Traprock, he is best known for the Kawa sequence of spoof travelogues beginning with The Cruise of the Kawa: Wanderings in the South Seas (1921) as by Walter E Traprock, and other similar titles. ...

Moore, Phyllis S

(?   -    ) Canadian author, whose sf tale, Williwaw! (1978), about Near Future separatist revolt in Newfoundland, is surprisingly violent. [JC]

Staig, Laurence

(1950-    ) UK journalist, teacher and author who has also written Horror as by Christopher Carr, and who began publishing sf with "Hello Hugo" in Twisted Circuits (anth 1987) edited by Mick Gowar, and whose vigorously-told sf and fantasy, usually for Young Adult readers, include The Network (1988), an Urban Fantasy [see The ...

Elliott, Elton T

(1956-    ) US author, editor, reviewer and publisher whose solo sf debut was "Lighting Candles on the River Styx" (March 1991 Amazing). His early novel-length work appeared in the 1980s in collaboration with Richard E Geis, under the pseudonym Richard Elliott (whom see for discussion of these books). Written in collaboration with Doug Odell, Elliott's Prince of Europe ...

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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