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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 ...

Swahn, Sven Christer

(1933-2005) Swedish poet, author, playwright, literary critic and translator. Immensely prolific, Swahn published a dozen collections of poetry including his first book, Eftermiddagens nycklar ["The Keys to Afternoon"] (coll 1956), five short story collections, thirteen adult novels, seventeen juvenile novels, a dozen or more Radio plays, eight books of literary overviews, essays and cultural history, a dozen ...

Quatermass II

1. UK tv serial (1955). BBC TV. Produced and directed by Rudolph Cartier. Written Nigel Kneale. Cast includes Monica Grey, Hugh Griffith, John Robinson and John Stone. Six 35-minute episodes. Black and white. / The sudden death of Reginald Tate, who played the lead in The Quatermass Experiment, may account for some of the visible discomfort exuded by John Robinson, who replaced him at the ...

Murray, Gilbert

(1866-1957) Australian-born classical scholar, in UK from 1877, best known for his many translations from the Greek classic drama, for his Utopian sense that contemporary society could be changed by persuasion (justified in the case of women's suffrage) and for seminal studies such as The Rise of the Greek Epic (1907) and Four Stages of Greek Religion (1912). The Future of the British Empire in Relation to the League of Nations ...

Robeson, Kenneth

A House Name for authors writing the Doc Savage series as it appeared 1933-1949 in Doc Savage magazine, published by Street & Smith. The Robeson name is most strongly associated with Lester Dent, who wrote all but 43 of the Doc Savage stories; other authors involved in that initial run included William G ...

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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