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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 ...

Bond, Nancy

(1945-    ) US author best-known for her Young Adult fantasy, A String in the Harp (1976). Of her other works, The Voyage Begun (1981) is sf, in which a quixotic scheme to build a boat in a world ravaged by Pollution and punishing scarcity becomes a moving study of an attempt to come to terms with the real world; and in Another Shore (1988) a young woman finds herself in ...

Space Academy

US juvenile tv series (1977). Filmation Associates for CBS-TV. Created by Allen Ducovny. Executive producers Norm Prescott, Lou Scheimer. Producer Arthur H Nadel. Directors included Jeffrey Hayden, George Tyne, Ezra Stone, Nadel. Writers included Samuel A Peeples, Ted Pedersen, Jack Peritz, Martin Roth. Cast includes Ric Carrott, Maggie Cooper (Adrian), Pamelyn Ferdin, Eric Greene (Loki), Jonathan Harris, Erika Scheimer (voice of Peepo the Robot) and Brian ...

Jones, Mark

(?1947-2003) UK author of nonfiction about Russia and Communism [not listed below] and of a Technothriller, Black Lightning (1995), in which post-Communist Russia develops a gigantic electromagnetic-pulse Weapon called Molniya ["Lightning"] which is capable of shutting down Power Sources and Communications anywhere in Europe or America. Its ultimate ...

Walt Disney Company, The

Popularly referred to as Disney, this media conglomerate has been known by the above name since 1986. Its first iteration was the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio (1923-1926), named after its founders Walt Disney (1901-1966) and Roy O Disney (1893-1971); then The Walt Disney Studio (1926-1929); followed by Walt Disney Productions (1929-1986). Roy Disney's input to the various Disney companies involved business rather than creative matters; he was CEO until 1971 and President (the post previously ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos ...

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