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Compton, D G

(1930-    ) UK author, born of parents who were both in the theatre; he lived for some time in the USA after 1981. Compton's novels are almost always set in the Near Future, and present a moral dilemma within that arena: the future is very clearly used in his work as a device of perspective, with the result that his tales bring contemporary trends into focus that is both clear and intimate. Most of the interest transparently inherent in these ...

Tyler, Theodore

Pseudonym of US author Edward William Ziegler (1930-1993) for The Man Whose Name Wouldn't Fit; Or, the Case of Cartwright-Chickering (1968), a Satire set in a Near Future Dystopia; the action revolves around a Computer's inability to process the protagonist's full name, Arthur Duane Cartwright-Chickering, causing him to be fired. [JC]

Night Slaves

US made-for-tv film (1970). Bing Crosby Productions for ABC-TV. Produced by Everett Chambers. Directed by Ted Post. Written by Chambers, Robert Specht, based on Night Slaves (1961) by Jerry Sohl. Cast includes James Franciscus, Lee Grant, Leslie Nielsen, Andrew Prine and Tisha Sterling. 72 minutes. Colour. / Clay Howard (Franciscus) and Marjorie Howard (Grant) are a couple having some marriage problems as the film begins; they soon find ...

Mayer, Douglas W F

(1919-1976) UK fan, essayist and editor associated with the Leeds-based Science Fiction Association (SFA) in the late 1930s. Under the auspices of the SFA he edited the early Fanzine Tomorrow (seven issues, Spring 1937 to Autumn 1938); the three 1937-1938 issues of the Amateur Magazine Amateur Science Stories (which see), most noted for publishing ...

Klaus, Susan

(?   -    ) US animal breeder, radio host and author of the Christian Roberts sequence of Florida-based Technothrillers, comprising Secretariat Reborn (2013) and Shark Fin Soup (2014); in the first tale, Roberts attempts to race the illegal Clone of famed thoroughbred horse Secretariat expose him (and the fragile plot) to an international crime syndicate; in the ...

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 publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for ...

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