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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 ...

Gonzales, Laurence

(1947-    ) US author, mostly of nonfiction, including Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why (2003). He is of sf interest for Lucy (2010), an Apes as Human tale whose protagonist discovers after he has adopted the child of a dead colleague in Africa that she is the result of a Eugenic experiment in Genetic Engineering, and that she is ...

Greenberg, Louis

(?   -    ) South African author, in UK for some years, much of whose work has been horror in collaboration with Sarah Lotz as by S L Grey. Selected titles (see Horror in SF) are listed below, in particular the Downside Trio beginning with The Mall (2011), whose two protagonists find themselves trapped in an Underground ...

Saberhagen, Fred

(1930-2007) US author and editor, in the latter capacity with the Encyclopedia Britannica 1967-1973, for which he wrote the original entry on sf. He began publishing sf with "Volume PAA-PYX" in Galaxy for February 1961, and was active from that date, soon releasing the first of his many novels, The Golden People (1964 dos; exp 1984), a Space Opera involving Psi Powers. As an ...

Journey to the Center of the Earth

1. Film (1959). Twentieth Century Fox. Produced by Charles Brackett. Directed by Henry Levin. Written by Walter Reisch, Brackett, based on Voyage au centre de la terre (1864) by Jules Verne. Cast includes Diane Baker, Pat Boone, Arlene Dahl, Thayer David, James Mason and Peter Ronson. 132 minutes. Colour. / A lively and literate screenplay (cowritten by producer Brackett, one of the Hollywood giants), vigorous if stereotyped ...

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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