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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 ...

Noto, Cosimo

(circa 1871-?   ) Italian physician and author, in the US from about 1898 and practicing as a doctor in New Orleans from 1899, alive in 1914; his Utopia, The Ideal City (1903), carries a doctor and his interlocutor from the present-day city to the New Orleans of 1953, which has been transformed on socialist lines deeply influenced by the work of Edward Bellamy. The heart of the book comprises ...

Broaddus, Maurice

(1970-    ) UK-born teacher and author, in the USA from early childhood, who for most of his career has concentrated on fantasy and horror. He began to publish work of genre interest with "Since We Can Die But Once" in Deathgrip: Exit Laughing (anth 2006) edited by Walt Hicks; his best known work to date, the Knights of Breton Court sequence beginning with King Maker (2010), mixes Urban Fantasy and the Matter of Britain [see The ...

Serial Experiments Lain

Japanese animated tv series (1998). Triangle Staff/Pioneer LDC. Producers include Yasuyuki Ueda. Writer: Chiaki J Konaka. Directors include: Ryūtarō Nakamura and Lia Sargent. Voice cast includes Yōko Asada, Shō Hayami and Kaori Shimizu. Thirteen 24-minute episodes. Colour. / Some days after her Suicide, a girl's classmates receive emails from her saying that she now lives in the Wired, an expanded ...

De Mendelssohn, Peter

(1908-1982) German author of Jewish birth, born Peter von Mendelssohn, whose publishing career, which began in 1930, was interrupted by exile after 1933; by World War Two he was a UK citizen, though he returned to Munich in 1970. His sf novel, Fortress in the Skies: A Tale (1943; vt The Hours and the Centuries: A Tale 1944) as by Peter Mendelssohn, which was written in English, sets a Utopia in a deserted mountain village, a redoubt-like ...

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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