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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 ...

Terminator, The

Film (1984). Cinema '84/Pacific Western/Orion. Produced by Gale Anne Hurd. Directed by James Cameron. Written by Cameron, Hurd. Cast includes Michael Biehn, Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger. 107 minutes. Colour. / In 2029 CE a vicious Future War between humans and Machines is raging. To ensure their victory, the machines send back a ...

Thompson, Raymond H

(1941-    ) Canadian academic and author, a scholar of mediaeval literature and professor emeritus in the Department of English at Acadia University in Wolfeville, Nova Scotia. His primary specialization is in King Arthur and the Matter of Britain [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. He began to publish essays of sf interest with "Shai Dorsai! A Study of the Hero Figure in Gordon R. Dickson's ...

Thompson, William Irwin

(1938-2020) US poet, cultural critic and author, founder of the Lindisfarne Association in 1972, which he led until it became inactive in 2012. Within its ecumenical spiritual mission could be detected some evidence (James Lovelock being a member) of a commitment to the concept of Gaia, which Thompson advocates in The nonfiction Imaginary Landscape: Making Worlds of Myth and Science (1989). Of sf interest is ...

Maitland, Derek

(1943-2019) UK war photographer and author whose sf SatiresT Minus Tower (1971), about a proposed transfer of the eponymous tower into space as a Space-Habitat hotel, and The Alpha Experience (1974) – exhibit a certain apocalyptic flippancy but failed to target coming UK trends with any real accuracy. [JC]

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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