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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 ...

Khanna, Rajan

(1974-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Furies" in Shimmer for Autumn 2007. He is of interest for the Ben Gold sequence, comprising Falling Sky (2014) and Rising Tide (2015), set in a Near Future Dystopian world savagely depopulated by what was almost certainly an engineered virus-based ...

Marriott, Michel

(?   -    ) US journalist – he has covered Technology issues for the New York Times since about 1987 – and author whose gonzo Technothriller, The Skull Cage Key (2008), set well into the Near Future in 2041, in a luridly noir New York beset by a craze for ...

Gaiman, Neil

(1960-    ) UK journalist, screenwriter and author, in the US from 1992, whose first publications were nonfiction; along with later essays, some of this earlier work has been assembled as The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction (coll 2016). He then specialized in the scripting of fantasy and sf comics and Graphic Novels for a decade from the late 1980s onward, and more recently focused on novels of the fantastic ...

Haber, Karen

Working name of Karen Lee Haber Silverberg (1955-    ), US author and anthologist, married to Robert Silverberg since 1987. She began publishing work of genre interest with "Madre de Dios" for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in May 1988, which was assembled with later stories as The Sweet Taste of Regret (coll 2014); she came to general notice with the Fire in Winter ...

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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