David Guy Compton was born in London in 1930. His early works were crime novels published under the name 'Guy Compton', but he began producing SF as 'D.G. Compton' in 1965 with THE QUALITY OF MERCY. His 1970 novel THE STEEL CROCODILE received a NEBULA nomination, but it was 1974's THE CONTINUOUS KATHERINE MORTENHOE that made his reputation. Eerily predictive of the 21st century's obsessions with media voyeurism and 'reality television', it was filmed as DEATH WATCH in 1980. D.G. Compton lives in Maine, in the United States.