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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 ...

Lost Continent, The

Film (1968). Hammer/Twentieth Century Fox. Directed by Michael Carreras. Written by Michael Nash, based on Uncharted Seas (1938) by Dennis Wheatley. Cast includes Hildegard Knef, Suzanna Leigh, Eric Porter and Darryl Read. 98 minutes. Colour. / A ramshackle freighter wanders into the Sargasso Sea and becomes trapped in a "lost continent" (see Lost Worlds) of seaweed. ...

Sandes, John

(1863-1938) Irish-born journalist and author, in Australia from 1887, noted for a determinedly patriotic, Christian form of Australian nationalism; he also wrote as by Don Delaney. His first novel, Love and the Aeroplane: A Tale of Tomorrow (1910), is set in a distant Near Future Australia transformed by advances in Transportation, with monorails and other innovations. The story itself is a somewhat congested ...

Hunt, Nick

(?   -    ) UK author, most of whose work has been nonfiction meditations on travel, though The Parakeeting of London: An Adventure in Gonzo Ornithology (2019) amusedly adds speculations about budgerigars to the Matter of London. Loss Soup and Other Stories (coll of linked stories 2022) comprises a set of tales about lost worlds and lost lives conveyed to its compiler through the eponymous soup, which is ...

MacKay, Scott

(1957-    ) Canadian author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Iserman's Override" in Tesseracts3 (anth 1990) edited by Candas Jane Dorsey and Gerry Truscott (1955-    ), and began publishing moderately ambitious sf adventures with Outpost (1998), set on an alien planet (see Colonization of Other Worlds) whose werewolf-like ...

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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