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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 ...

Bantock, Nick

(1949-    ) UK artist, illustrator and author, in Canada from 1988; active as an illustrator from around 1962, with at least 300 covers credited to him, some as by Nick Fox. Much of his work, which is either collage-like or consists of actual (though clearly massaged) collages, conveys a sense that narrative energies are suppressed within the image, and threaten to become explicitly storyable, like a Cabinet of Curiosities jinxed into life: hints that his work contains ...

Kadrey, Richard

(1957-    ) US rock musician, author and illustrator; he did the cover for Interzone #9 (Autumn 1984) and the vigorous though somewhat derivative collage illustrations for Dream Protocols (coll 1992 chap) by sf poet Lee Ballentine (1954-    ); he has also contributed articles to Science Fiction Eye and Whole Earth Review. He began to publish sf with "The Fire ...

Vansittart, Peter

(1920-2008) UK author best known for his densely written historical novels, whose polymathic metaphoric richness brought an aesthetic seriousness and density to that form; his consistent failure to gain a wide readership, over a career that lasted more than six decades, must qualify any claim that he transformed the historical novel as a whole – though it seems certain that those who read him were deeply influenced by his example. Vansittart's first novel, however, is sf, a form he used ...

Myerson, Julie

(1960-    ) UK journalist and author whose novels, beginning with Sleepwalking (1994), are often infiltrated by supernatural elements, sometimes as in this case family ghosts. The protagonist of The Story of You (2006) is haunted by what may be the ghost of a man she broke up with decades ago; the Young Adult Out of Breath (2008) tests the growth trajectory of a young woman through her encounters with ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...

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