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Vasset, Philippe

(1972-    ) French journalist, editor and author whose Machines sequence beginning with Exemplaire de Démonstration: roman (2002; trans Jane Metter as ScriptGenerator: Machines 1 2004) is a Satire on the contemporary Media Landscape set into a very Near Future, where the enormously sophisticated Computer-programmed ScriptGenerator has taken over the writer's function. In language whose loaded seeming blankness of affect reflects the work of J G Ballard, he displays a ...

Spotswood, Claire Myers

(1896-1983) Working name of US author Clairene Lenora Allen Myers Owens for her first novel, and only work of sf interest, The Unpredictable Adventure: A Comedy of Woman's Independence (1935), a Utopia told in allegorical language. The protagonist, Tellectina Femina Christian, abandons Smug Harbor in the Land of Err for the Forbidden Kingdom of Nithking, where the two personae signalled by her given names become separate but incomplete individuals. Only in an ideal society, where women are ...

Young, Robert F

(1915-1986) US author who turned full-time after engaging in a number of menial occupations. His first sf story was "The Black Deep Thou Wingest" for Startling Stories in June 1953, and he published short work quite prolifically for the next three decades. Young was a slick, polished writer; his stories are readable, often superficial, but the best of them have some of the emotional force of the work of Ray Bradbury, Robert Nathan or Theodore Sturgeon, all of whom seem to have influenced him. ...

Corman, Roger

(1926-    ) 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 American ...

Garth, Will

A House Name used in Thrilling Wonder Stories, Startling Stories and Captain Future 1937-1941 by Otto Binder, Edmond Hamilton, Henry Kuttner, Mort Weisinger and possibly others. The film novelization of Dr Cyclops, Dr Cyclops (1940) has been attributed to Kuttner, who confusingly wrote a Thrilling Wonder Stories short story of that title in the same year, and to Manly Wade Wellman, who wrote nothing that would plausibly link him to this tale – which was, almost certainly, written by ...

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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