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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 ...

Battlestar Galactica: The Boardgame

Board Game (2008). Fantasy Flight Games. Designed by Corey Konieczka. / Battlestar Galactica: The Boardgame is a cooperative board game of deceit, based on the Television franchise Battlestar Galactica (2003-2009). Rather like the Zombie game Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game ...

Martian Wave, The

US low-paying Online Magazine published originally by ProMart Publishing, Carmichael, California, by James B Baker, and after Baker's death in 2002 it was taken over by Sam's Dot Publishing, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, under Tyree Campbell. The editor from January 2003 was J Alan Erwine who continued with the magazine when it transferred to Nomadic Delirium Press, Aurora, Colorado in 2013. He remained with the magazine until he closed it down in 2018. The magazine ...

Appleton, Jane Sophia

(1816-1884) US editor and author of regional texts, focused primarily on Bangor, Maine; Voices from the Kenduskeag (anth 1848) with Cornelia Crosby Barrett, assembles poems and stories for a local audience, some fantastical; much of the material seems to be directly by Appleton. Of sf interest in the book are "Vision of Bangor in the Twentieth Century" and "Sequel to the Vision of Bangor", in which a distant Near Future Bangor is seen as a ...

Rose, Lloyd

(?   -    ) US scriptwriter for and author of three Ties to the Doctor Who universe: two in the Doctor Who: The Eighth Doctor sequence, Doctor Who: Eighth Doctor: The City of the Dead (2001) and Doctor Who: Eighth Doctor: Camera Obscura (2002); plus Doctor Who: Past Doctors: The Algebra of Ice (2004). Rose's statement that her real name is Sarah Tonyn is ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...

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