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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 ...

Kohda, Claire

(?   -    ) UK author whose first novel, Woman, Eating (2022), sophisticatedly examines the dilemmas – social, sexual (see Sex), philosophical – that must be faced by a Vampire in the contemporary world. The protagonist of the tale, whose father is Japanese and mother half-British half-Malaysian, seems well placed both to be impacted by her condition (see ...

Gojira [music]

French metal band formed in 1996, until 2001 under the name Godzilla (see Gojira), by guitarist and vocalist Joe Duplantier (1976-    ), guitarist Christian Andreu (1976-    ), bassist Jean-Michel Labadie (1974-    ) and drummer Mario Duplantier (1981-    ). The excellent From Mars to Sirius (2003) is a concept album following an exodus to space ...

Stamey, Sara

(1953-    ) US author in whose Wild Card Run sequence of sf adventures – Wild Card Run (1987), Win, Lose, Draw (1988) and Double Blind (1990) – a refreshingly tangential attitude towards plotting keeps a young female protagonist with Psi Powers hopscotching from planet to planet. En route she embraces her own tangled family romance on one world, and elsewhere confronts some ...

Dung Kai-Cheung

(1967-    ) Chinese author, and sometime university lecturer, who studied comparative literature at the University of Hong Kong, writing his M Phil dissertation on Marcel Proust. Strongly influenced by the Oulipo movement, Dung's work is thick with Fabulation, including evolutionary histories of non-existent species, descriptions of fantastic cities, and ...

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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