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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 ...


Digest-size saddle-stapled Cinema Semiprozine. Published by Atlas Publishing. Editor: Jack Brent. Four issues, 1988 to 1990. / A worthy attempt at a more scholarly film publication on Horror and sf than generally seen in the US, Phantasma perhaps inevitably attracted too small an audience to survive. Features included a study of the ...

Draper, Allyn

A House Name used in such journals as The Boys of New York (see Boys' Papers) and Young Men of America by various authors including Francis W Doughty, Thomas H Hanshew, Dennis O'Sullivan, Harvey K Shackleford, Cornelius Shea, William Howard Van Orden (see Howard de Vere) and others not identified. [JC/SH]

Kooistra, Jeffery D

(1959-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Love, Dad" in Analog for March 1992, and has been one of the two contributors to the same magazine's column The Alternate View since 1998. His fiction is usually describable as clear-headed Hard SF; his first novel, Dykstra's War (fixup 2000), focuses on a traditional protagonist – the eponymous ...

Martyn, Wyndham

Pseudonym of UK author William Henry Martin Hosken (1874-1963), in the US from 20 July 1904, having travelled as Wyndham Martyn, just before he began publishing fiction in American magazines, sometimes also as W H G Wyndham Martin, Croydon Heath, or William Grenvil. He seems to have written (and may have lived as) Wyndham Martyn from an early date; and although the record of his death gives Grenvil W Martyn, there is no evidence he ever legally changed his birth name. He was the first cousin of ...

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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