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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 ...

Swann, Ingo

(1933-2013) US psychic experimenter, artist and author whose psychic abilities were once compared favourably with those of Uri Geller (1946-    ); in his one novel, Star Fire (1978), a Near Future rock star (see Music), endowed with a unique mind capable of psychic feats (see Evolution; Psi Powers), saves Homo sapiens from enemies ...

Lethbridge, Olive

Working name of Irish-born author Olive Ada Lethbridge Banbury (1885-1971), in UK from an undetermined date; her Lost Race novel, As a Lioness That Sleeps: A Novel of Africa (1931), sets a romantic engagement with a handsome race in Africa. [JC]

Bamber, George

(1932-2017) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Ottmar Balleau X 2" for Rogue in 1961. His sf novel, The Sea Is Boiling Hot (1971), deals with a large number of themes, including Ecology: nuclear pollution has set the seas to boiling; mankind lives in huge domed Cities and communicate via Matter Transmission; Computers do the ...

Sheng Keyi

(1973-    ) Chinese author who came to writing as a mature student after late teens and twenties spent in a variety of professions. Her stories frequently dwell on the formative event of her teenage years – the Tiananmen Square Incident of 1989, which she observed first through the prism of state media, and only later came to appreciate as a moment of deeper resonance. / A strong thread of Feminism runs ...

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 a long sf-tinged poem, "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly); he only began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and sf proper with ...

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