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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 ...

Hoover, H M

(1935-2018) US author, all of whose novels of sf interest have been written for the Young Adult market or as Children's SF for younger readers. The first of these were Children of Morrow (1973) and its sequel, Treasures of Morrow (1976), a Ruined Earth sequence which, in describing a reactionary state and its pro-Technology successor, ...

El Akkad, Omar

(1982-    ) Egyptian-born journalist and author, raised in Qatar, in Canada from the age of sixteen. His first novel, American War (2017), which is set in a Near Future Dystopian America ravaged by Climate Change and right-wing fundamentalism, distinguishes itself from thematic banality through its exceedingly vivid enactments of the costs of ...

Reeth, Allan

Pseudonym of UK author G H Davis (?   -?   ); as there is no further information on Davis, this name may also be pseudonymous, and Davis may well be female. The only novel Davis published as by Reeth is a feminist Utopia, Legions of the Dawn (1908), in which British and American women establish a matriarchal society in Africa (see Feminism; Women in SF). Women ...

Strange Planet [tv]

US animated tv series (2023). Shadowmachine, Mercury Filmworks, Harmonius Claptrap, Nathan W Pyle, Apple Studios. Created by Dan Harmon and Nathan W Pyle, based on the webcomic/book series by Pyle. Directors include Charlie G, Maaike Scherff, Monica Tomova and Caitlin Vanarsdale. Writers include Steven Levy, Lauren Pomerantz and Nathan Pyle. Voice cast includes Lori Tan Chinn, Hannah Einbinder and Danny Pudi. Ten circa 23-minute episodes. Colour. ...

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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