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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 ...

SFRA Award for Lifetime Contributions to SF Scholarship, The

The current (since 2019) self-descriptive name of the Science Fiction Research Association's major career honour, formerly the Pilgrim Award – in which entry, for convenience, a full retrospective list is maintained. [DRL] Winners 2019: John Rieder 2020: Sherryl Vint 2021: Veronica ...

Tales of the Unanticipated

US letter-size Semiprozine, known affectionately as ToTU, which was originally published by the Minnesota Science Fiction Society from Fall 1986, but became an independent magazine from issue #24 (July 2003). It has been edited throughout by Eric M Heideman. For the first eighteen issues it appeared at the rate of roughly three issues every two years; the schedule became annual from August 1998, switching to a slightly smaller, near-standard format (9.75 x ...

80 Days

Videogame (2014). inkle. Designed by Meg Jayanth. Platforms: iOS. / 80 Days is a text-based videogame which rewrites Jules Verne's Around the World in Eighty Days (1873; trans 1874) as a Steampunk Adventure. The player witnesses the events of the game through the perspective of the novel's original protagonists; Jean Passepartout, ...

Yumemakura Baku

(1951-    ) Writing name of Mineo Yoneyama, a fiercely prolific Japanese author whose work spans hundreds of volumes encompassing the depths of Pulp and the heights of literary awards. The concentration here is on his works as author, although much of his impact outside Japan is as the scriptwriter or original source for adaptations of his work into other media, including Manga, ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...

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