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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 ...

Unno Jūza

Pseudonym of author Shōichi Sano (1897-1949), sometimes rendered as Jūzō Unno, regarded along with Shunrō Oshikawa as one of the "founding fathers" of science fiction in Japan. He also published several works of nonfiction as by Kyūjūrō Oka, among other pen-names. A graduate in electrical engineering from Waseda University, Unno's first sale was the scientific detective story "Denkifuro no Kaishi ...

Out There

US tv series (1951-1952). CBS TV. Created by Donald Davis. Produced by John Hargott. Directors included Andrew McCullough, Byron Paul. Writers included Graham Doar, Howard Rodman, Reginald Rose. 12 30-minute episodes. Black and white. / This short-lived anthology programme was one of the first adult-oriented science fiction series on US Television, appearing in the same year as the much better known ...

Dwyer, James Francis

(1874-1952) Australian author, imprisoned for committing forgery (1899-1902), in the US after 1907, in France after 1921; a prolific author of stories from 1902, sometimes as by Burglar Bill with the Sydney Bulletin, where he began publishing a huge stream of works; he eventually moved on as well to a wide range of magazines like Black Cat, Blue Book and Argosy. "The Phantom ...

Behr, Ira Steven

(1953-    ) US Television producer, scriptwriter and author, whose main work (in all his capacities) has been for the Star Trek universe, specifically Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, to which enterprise belong his two ties: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Ferengi Rules of Acquisition (1995) and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Legends of the Ferengi (1997) with Robert Hewitt Wolfe. ...

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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