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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 ...

Stearns, Theodore

(1881-1935) US composer, known only for his operas (see SF Music), of which Co-O-Za (performance not traced; 1922) is set partly in contemporary New York, where an opera is being rehearsed, and partly by virtue of Timeslip in Atlantis, where one contemporary actors reveals himself to be Co-O-Za, the last king of the doomed Island. [JC]

Kurtness, J D

(1981-    ) Canadian author whose first novel De Vengeance ["Of Vengeance"] (2017) is a nonfantastic thriller. Her second, the Near Future Aquariums (2019; trans Pablo Straus 2022), focuses on an expedition trapped in the Arctic – while studying Climate Change in that hugely vulnerable region of the planet – by a savage ...

Space Habitats

The space habitat is a natural development from the concept of the manned Space Station (which see). Inevitably there is considerable overlap, with a broad and fuzzy dividing line between space stations which are primarily seen as way-stations or scientific observation posts, and space habitats whose occupants have come to regard them as home. J D Bernal's The World, the Flesh and the Devil (1929 chap) proposed ...

Stoker, Shannon

(1985-    ) US attorney and author whose Young Adult Dystopian sequence, the Registry series beginning with The Registry (2013), is set in a Near Future America where young women are treated in a manner evocative of the role of Women in SF predicted by Margaret Atwood in ...

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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