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Corman, Roger

(1926-2024) US film-maker, a number of whose films are sf. Born in Los Angeles, he graduated in engineering from Stanford University in 1947, and spent a period in the US Navy and a term at Oxford University before going to Hollywood, where he began to write screenplays; his first sale was Highway Dragnet (1954), a picture he coproduced. He soon formed his own company and launched his spectacularly low-budget career. From 1956 he was regularly associated with ...

Barr, James

(1862-1923) Canadian-born author, in the UK from 1883, of much short fiction of sf interest, in particular "The Last Englishman" (July 1906 Monthly Story Blue Book Magazine), a Yellow Peril tale in which a worldwide Chinese hegemony proves hollow, and "The World of the Vanishing Point" (March 1922 Strand), a striking adventure in a microscopic world of Monsters (see ...

Chamberlain, William

(1903-1966) US soldier, in the US army 1927-1946, retiring with the rank of Brigadier General. He was the author of two borderline sf novels set in the very Near Future, Red January (1964) and China Strike (1967), both featuring US pre-emptive strikes against the enemy – in the first case Cuba, about to blackmail the USA; and in the second China, on the verge of dropping a cobalt bomb on her. In each case, the enemies of ...

Fast, Howard

(1914-2003) US author best known for his work outside the sf field: historical novels under his own name, and detective novels and thrillers as by E V Cunningham. The Unvanquished (1942) and Spartacus (1951), both signed with his own name, remain perhaps his most familiar titles. He began publishing sf with "Wrath of the Purple" for Amazing in October 1932, about a blob (see Biology) whose growth is unstoppable ...

Heming, Jack

(1899-1987) UK author of a Lost Race tale, The Lost World of the Colorado (1940), whose young protagonists discover, on a high plateau, Monsters who display a weird caprice of Evolution: each of them combining the features of two real species. [JC]

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos ...



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