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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 ...

Riley, Brett

(1970-    ) US teacher and author whose first novel Comanche (2020), is a Western involving the century-old ghost of a gunslinger. His sf tale, Lord of Order (2021), set in a post-Technology Ruined Earth version of a balkanized America, confronts the "Lord of Order" of New Orleans with a crisis of survival. [JC]

Pohlman, Edward

(1933-    ) Indian-born author, in the USA from an early age, whose sf novel, The God of Planet 607 (1972), attempts with moderate success to fuse Religion and Space Opera. [JC]

Lane, Jane

Pseudonym of UK author Elaine Kidner Dakers (1905-1978), author under her own name of a biography, Titus Oates (1949), and author of many esteemed historical novels under as by Lane. Her Post-Holocaust sf novel, A State of Mind (1964), is set in an Orwell-like totalitarian Dystopia, an England where both god and monarchy have been banned. [JC]

Galaxy Science Fiction

US Digest-size magazine, founded by H L Gold, October 1950 to a single undated letter-size issue (July) 1980, a run of 254 issues; revived January/February 1994 to March/April 1995, for a further eight letter-size issues, with volume numbering starting back at the beginning, giving a total run as a Print Magazine of 262 issues. Thereafter converted to an ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. ...

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