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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 ...

Twilight: 2000

Role Playing Game (1984). Game Designers' Workshop (GDW). Designed by Frank Chadwick. / Famously one of the most depressing RPGs ever created, Twilight: 2000 is a Post-Holocaust game set in the immediate aftermath of World War Three. The player characters are the remnants of a military unit, struggling to survive amongst the ...

Moore, Isabel

(?   -    ) US author whose Near Future tale, The Day the Communists Took Over America (1961), depicts in Cold War terms what comes close to a full outbreak of World War Three: the Soviets have blockaded America, sink her shipping, block her from Communications with other nations, and introduce a deadly ...

MacLean, Katherine

(1925-2019) US author who took a BA from Barnard College, New York, did postgraduate study in psychology, became a quality-control lab technician in a food factory, and subsequently served as a college lecturer in creative writing and literature. Much of MacLean's output consisted of short stories, most of which, including her first, "Defense Mechanism" in October 1949, appeared in Astounding; as in much of her later work, Psi Powers are ...

Estoclet, Alphonse E

(1847-1929) French-born teacher, translator and author, in UK circa 1880s, in US from 1890. His translations, of little-known late novels by Jules Verne, have not been subject to serious examination. [JC]

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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