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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 ...


US made-for-tv film (1977). Douglas S Cramer Productions/NBC. Produced by Wilfred Lloyd Baumes. Directed by Herb Wallerstein. Written by Joseph Stefano. Cast includes Robert Logan, Yvette Mimieux, Sylvia Sidney, Bo Svenson and Clint Walker. 86 minutes. Colour. / A pair of young women at a Colorado ski resort are attacked and killed by something not clearly seen, an incident which is at first blamed upon a rogue bear. Head ski-patrol director Tony Rill (Logan) realizes at once that ...

Šeinius, Ignas

Pseudonym of Lithuanian diplomat, editor and author Ignas Jurkūnas (1889-1959), in Sweden (initially as a refugee) from 1940, where he wrote as Ignas Scheynius Jurkun. He is of sf interest for Siegfried Immerselbe atsijaunina: romanas (1934; trans Albinus Baranausk as Rejuvenation of Siegfried Immerselbe 1965), in which an Aryan racist undergoes Rejuvenation with the hormones of a Jew, and engages in a course of spiritual ...

Lanagan, Margo

(1960-    ) Australian author whose career – her earlier work for children and Young Adults, was published only in Australia – seems to be divided into two distinct parts. Under her own name, and writing as Melanie Carter, Mandy McBride, Gilly Lockwood and Belinda Hayes, Lanagan early published a wide range of fiction in the 1990s, including Wildgame (1991), a Science Fantasy tale ...

Coxwell, Henry

(1819-1900) UK balloonist, editor and author; working under the name Henry Wells he was founder and editor of The Balloonist; Or, Aerostatic Magazine in 1845, which lasted only until 1847. His interest in piloting Balloons extended, through at least one dangerous crash, until his retirement from flying in 1885. Of some sf interest is A Knight of the Air; Or, the Aereal Rivals (1895) in which flight is achieved, not through an advanced balloon, ...

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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