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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 ...

Brandner, Gary

(1930-2013) US author, almost all of whose works are either horror tales or thrillers, including several film Ties; he worked under his own name, which has sometimes been given as Gary Barander, and as Nick Carter, Phil Garrison, Clayton Moore and Lee Davis Willoughby. Of his large output, the best known title is The Howling (1977), a Werewolf story which was loosely adapted for the ...

Kolney, Fernand

Working name of French author Fernand Pochon de Colnet (1868-1930), well known for his Malthusian approach to the problems of Overpopulation, as expressed in texts like Le Crime d'engendrer ["The Crime of Breeding"] (1909 chap). His sf novel, L'Amour dans cinq mille ans (1908; rev vt L'Amour dans 5000 ans 1928; trans Brian Stableford of rev as Love in 5000 Years ...

Garriott, Richard

(1961-    ) US Game designer, inducted into the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame in 2006. Garriott began working on Sword and Sorcery Videogames much influenced by the fantasy Role Playing Game Dungeons and Dragons (1974 Tactical Studies Rules) designed by Gary Gygax, Dave ...

Bond, Larry

(1951-    ) US author whose Technothrillers hover at the far edge of the present, and could be deemed military/political sf, though their interest (as with most technothrillers) lies not in extrapolation for its own sake but – through carefully hedged assertions about the state of the world later the same day – in their speculations about current events. His first novel, Red Storm Rising (1985) with Tom ...

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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