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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 ...

Matter Duplication

This sf trope is a logical spinoff from the concept of Matter Transmission (which see). A malfunctioning matter transmitter may produce duplicates of the persons or objects transported, as has happened more than once with the Star Trek transporter: there is a duplicate Captain Kirk in the original-series episode "The Enemy Within" (1966) and an evil duplicate Spock in James Blish's ...

Quest for Fire

Film (1981). ICC-Cine-Trail (Montreal) Belstar Productions/Stephan Films (Paris). Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud. Written by Gerard Brach, based on La Guerre du Feu (1909 Je Sais Tout; 1909) by J-H Rosny aîné. Cast includes Rae Dawn Chong, Nameer El-Kadi, Everett McGill and Ron Perlman. 100 minutes. Colour. / This Canadian/French coproduction dramatizes the classic 1909 French ...

Balderston, John L

(1889-1954) US playwright and screenwriter who wrote, always in collaboration, some dramas of genre interest. Berkeley Square (performed 1926; 1928 chap) with J C Squire is a Timeslip fantasy based on The Sense of the Past (1917) by Henry James; Red Planet (1933 chap) with J E Hoare is a Near Future moral melodrama in which a hoax message from Jesus is received ...

Jones, Robert F

(1934-2002) US journalist (mostly for Sports Illustrated) and author whose first novel of sf interest, Blood Sport: A Journey up the Hassayampa (1974; vt Ratnose 1975), follows a man and his son up the Hassayampa River, along whose banks all Times – the future, the present and the past – as well as in a sense all rivers, exist simultaneously, a suffusion of Archipelago venues rich enough to ...

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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