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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 ...

Kimmel, Daniel M

(1955-    ) US journalist, film critic and author, active as a columnist for The Boston Herald (1996-1998) and elsewhere 1984-current, most of his nonfiction being concerned with Cinema and the Media Landscape in general. Of his several volumes of nonfiction, Jar Jar Binks Must Die ... and Other Observations About Science Fiction Movies (coll 2011) is of considerable interest for its ...

Cridge, Annie Denton

(1825-1875) UK-born suffragist, socialist, lecturer and author, in USA from around 1842; mother of Alfred Denton Cridge. Of sf interest is Man's Rights: or, How Would You Like It?: Comprising Dreams (coll of linked stories 1870 chap), a Utopia set on Mars which explores the Satirical implications of Gender reversal through a series of ...

Clouston, J Storer

(1870-1944) Scottish magistrate and author, in Orkney from around 1903, best-known for such humorous work as the Lunatic series of spoof adventures beginning with The Lunatic at Large (1899), all nonfantastic [not listed in Checklist below]. He began writing works of genre interest with Vandrad the Viking; or, the Feud and the Spell (dated 1898 but 1897), a Fantasy involving seers and curses. The Prodigal Father (1909) ...

Johnny Jupiter

US tv series (1953-1954). Kagran and Stone Associates for DuMont Television Network/ABC Television Network. Created by Martin Stone. Produced by Stone, Jerome Coopersmith. Directors included Frank Bunetta, Ben Gradus and Howard Magwood. Writers included Coopersmith, William Kendall Clarke and Sam Rockingham. Cast includes Cliff Hall, Wright King, Gilbert Mack, Pat Peardon and Vaughn Taylor. Voice actors: Coopersmith, Carl Harms and Gil Mack. Puppeteers: Harms, Gene London (as Phil ...

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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