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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 ...

Sawyer, Andy

(1952-    ) UK librarian, critic, academic, also involved in Fandom. He edited the British Science Fiction Association's Matrix 1977-1978 and the BSFA's review journal Paperback Inferno 1985-1992. During this period he contributed to Fanzines and reference books such as The Science Fiction Sourcebook (anth 1984) edited by David ...

Hunt, Stephen

(1966-    ) Canadian author now in the UK who was involved with the online Newszine SFcrowsnest from 1991 to 2000; he publishes nonfantastic work as by Stephen A Hunt. He began to publish work of genre interest with "The Strange Intervention of Sir WWW" in ProtoStellar #2 for 1991; his first novel, For the Crown & the Dragon (1993), set in an Alternate History version of the ...

Monster of Piedras Blancas, The

US film (1959). Vanwick Productions. Directed by Irvin Berwick. Written by H Haile Chace. Cast includes Frank Arvidson, Jeanne Carmen, Pete Dunn, John Harmon, Forrest Lewis, Don Sullivan and Les Tremayne. 71 minutes. Black and white. / Misanthropic widower Mr Sturges (Harmon) will angrily warn off any passers-by who get too close to his lighthouse; set on the mainland, this is but a short distance from a coastal town. Here we see a group of locals staring into a small boat, where two ...

Watson, Angus

(1972-    ) UK author who initially wrote fantasy, primarily the Age of Iron sequence beginning with Age of Iron (2014). He is of some sf interest for his second sequence, the West of East series beginning with You Die When You Die (2017), set in an Alternate World America a millennium ago, where Magic works, though a band of lost Vikings takes refuge. Towards the end of ...

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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