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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 ...

Falling Skies

US tv series (2011-2015). Dreamworks Television 2011-2013, Amblin Television 2014-2015. Created by Robert Rodat. Producers include Greg Beeman, Rodat, Steven Spielberg, and Graham Yost. Directors include Beeman, Sergio Mimica-Gezzan and Fred Toye. Writers include Rodat, Melinda Hsu Taylor and Yost. Cast includes Noah Wyle as Tom Mason, Will Patton as Captain Weaver, Moon Bloodgood as Dr Anne Glass, Peter Shinkoda as Dai, Mpho Koaho as Anthony, ...

Odgers, Sally

(1957-    ) Australian author, who has also written as by Sally Farrell, Tiffany Mandrake and Sally Farrell Odgers; most of her work has been for younger readers and/or fantasy, such as the long Jack Russell, Dog Detective sequence beginning with The Lying Postman (2005 chap) with Darrell Odgers, or the variously shared volumes of the Out of this World sequence beginning with Slime World (2007 chap) [none are listed below]. The ...

Meyers, Marc André

(1946-    ) Brazilian metallurgist – a professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Program, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California, San Diego – and author, mostly of nonfiction work in his field; of sf interest is Mayan Mars (2005), set mostly in Mexico, where two plot lines converge: a virus imported from Mars creates a ...

Cleve, John

Pseudonym used mainly by Andrew J Offutt for several erotic sf novels and for the first six volumes of the 19-volume Spaceways sequence; most of the rest were jointly authored. Offutt's collaborators included G C Edmondson, Roland Green, Jack C Haldeman, Robin Kincaid, Victor Koman, Geo W ...

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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