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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 ...

Walton, Barbara E

(?   -    ) US author of a Shared World Tie to the Television series Quantum Leap, Quantum Leap: Odyssey (1995), whose storyline reflects the general bent of, but does not duplicate any episode in, the actual series. [JC]


Film (2007). IEG Virtual Studios and Revolution Studios present a Saturn Films/Broken Road production. Directed by Lee Tamahori. Written by Gary Goldman and Jonathan Hensleigh and Paul Bernbaum; screen story by Goldman, based on "The Golden Man" (April 1954 If) by Philip K Dick. Cast includes Jessica Biel, Nicolas Cage, Peter Falk, Tory Kittles, Thomas Kretschmann and Julianne Moore. 92 minutes. Colour. / Goldman (see ...

Atomic Kid, The

Film (1954). Mickey Rooney Productions/Republic Pictures. Produced by Rooney. Directed by Leslie H Martinson. Written by Blake Edwards, Benedict Freeman, and John Fenton Murray. Cast includes Whit Bissell, Elaine Devry (credited as Elaine Davis), Mickey Rooney and Robert Strauss. 86 minutes. Black and white. / A pair of uranium prospectors, Barnaby Waterberry (Rooney) and Stan Cooper (Strauss) are stranded in the Nevada desert when their vehicle breaks down. They stumble upon an ...

Horton, Forest W, Jr

(?   -    ) US author of a Technothriller, The Technocrats (1980), revolving around a super-Computer in the wrong hands, and the justified Paranoia this causes when it turns out that the computer is running America via a proxy Android president. [JC]

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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