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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 ...

Norfolk, Lawrence

(1963-    ) UK author whose first novel, Lemprière's Dictionary (1991; cut 1992) is an elaborate secret history set in the late eighteenth century, depicting vast Automata from the Steampunk toolkit and sinister immortals (see Immortality) under a phantasmagoric London, murders that involve the re-enactment of classical myth, ...

Anton, Ludwig

(1872-1941) Austrian medical doctor and author whose Anglophobe novel Brücken über den Weltraum (1922; trans by Konrad Schmidt as "Interplanetary Bridges" Winter 1933 Wonder Stories Quarterly) describes the colonization of Venus. [JC]

Kelly, Frank K

(1914-2010) US journalist and author of considerable nonfiction, including studies in American contemporary history with Cornelius Ryan (1920-1974). He began to publish sf with "The Light Bender" for Wonder Stories in June 1931, and rapidly became known for Space-Opera tales of some bleakness, with a tendency toward Disaster, though some of his adventures featuring travel through various ...

Star vs the Forces of Evil

US animated tv series (2015-2019). Disney Television Animation (see Disney on Television). Creator and executive producer: Daron Nefcy. Directors include Dominic Bisignano and Aaron Hammersley. Writers include Dominic Bisignano, Aaron Hammersley, Amy Higgins, John Davis Infantino and Daron Nefcy. Voice cast includes Esmé Bianco, Keith David, Abby Elliott, Grey Griffin, Michael C Hall, Adam McArthur, Eden Sher, Jeffrey Tambor and Alan ...

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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