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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 ...

Murzilka na Sputnike

["Murzilka on the Satellite"] Russian film (1960). A Soyuzmultfilm production. Directed by Yevgeny Raikovsky and Boris Stepantsev. Written by Yevgeny Agranovich, Lev Arkadyev and Raisa Frichinskaya. Animated by Galina Barinova, Alexander Beliakov, Vladimir Karp, Fedor Khitruk, Victor Likhachev, Victor Nikitin, Anatoly Petrov, Anatoly Savchenko, I Sidorova, Tatiana Taranovich and Vladimir Zarubin. Part of the Priklyucheniya Murzilki ["Murzilka's ...

Mars Machines

US animated online tv series (2024). Positronish Productions. Created by Lavie Tidhar and Nir Yaniv. Directed, animated and scored by Nir Yaniv. Written by Lavie Tidhar. Cast includes Digger Mesch, Russell Wilcox and Anne Wittman. Seven 4-6 minute episodes. Colour. / Initially conceived by its creators as a sort of Waiting for Godot on Mars, with a clear nod to Thomas M Disch's ...

Erlich, Richard D

(1943-    ) US academic and critic who took his PhD in English Language and Literature at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), moving in 1971 to Miami University (Oxford, Ohio), where he remained until his retirement in 2006 as Professor of English. His first essay of sf interest was "Strange Odyssey: From Dart to Ardrey to Kubrick and Clarke" (May 1976 Extrapolation 17.2), which centred on the use in ...

Marriott, Michel

(?   -    ) US journalist – he has covered Technology issues for the New York Times since about 1987 – and author whose gonzo Technothriller, The Skull Cage Key (2008), set well into the Near Future in 2041, in a luridly noir New York beset by a craze for ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, Kenneth Bulmer, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its ...

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