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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 ...

Fass, Myron

(1926-2006) US comics artist – active from 1948 to the mid-1950s – highly prolific magazine publisher since the 1950s, and editor. He published many Comics – principally as Eerie Publications (which see) 1966-1981 and M F Enterprises (which see) 1966-1967, the latter responsible for a version of Captain Marvel – and many magazines in ...

Véron, Pierre

(1831-1900) French journalist and author, some of whose sketches and tales are of sf interest, including those assembled as The Merchants of Health and Other Fantastic Stories (coll trans Brian Stableford from various sources 2015). The title story – originally published as Les Marchands de Santé (1862) – is a Satire on the medical profession set on a fantasticated planet; ...

Heathcock, Alan

(1971-    ) US author, mostly of short fiction, most of which is nonfantastic; active from the late 1990s. VOLT: Stories (coll of linked stories 2011) contains his best gonzo-grit early work. He is of sf interest for 40 (2022), set in a Near Future America devastated by Climate Change, Pandemic and civil unrest; the tale takes an ...

Stevenson, Philip L

(?   -?   ) UK author, usually of historical romances, whose Near Future take on the Battle of Dorking topos, How the Jubilee Fleet Escaped Destruction, and the Battle orf Ushant: Or, Two Episodes in the Career of a Naval Officer (1899), allows the UK to survive an Invasion, and examines the consequences. [JC]

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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