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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 ...

Owens, Clarke

(1951-    ) US author whose nonfiction work consists mostly of Christian apologetics, including Son of Yahweh: The Gospels as Novels (2013). Two of his novels are of sf interest: 600ppm: A Novel of Climate Change (2015), set in a Dystopian Near Future America where an alliance of profit-hungry corporations and a supine government has shut down any discussion of or research into ...

Perfect Dark

Videogame (2000). Rare. Designed by Martin Hollis. Platforms: N64. / Perfect Dark is a well crafted First Person Shooter, much influenced by the gameplay of the non-sf James Bond licenced game GoldenEye 007 (1997 Rare, N64). The player character is Joanna Dark, a new recruit to the twenty-first-century Carrington Institute's covert operations group. The Institute is allied with the ...

Petrucha, Stefan

(1959-    ) US author of Graphic Novels and Ties and some independent series and volumes for the Young Adult market, some of them of sf and horror interest. Sequences include the Timetripper tales, beginning with Timetripper Book One: Yestermorrow (2006), set in the world of his Comic, Squalor; and the Wicked Dead sequence ...

Cerasini, Marc A

(1952-    ) US author whose work of genre interest began with Robert E Howard (1987) with Charles E Hoffman, a reader's guide to that author; and whose subsequent work has consisted of Ties, beginning with Godzilla Returns (1996). AVP: Alien vs Predator (2004) novelizes the film AVP Alien vs Predator (2004). [JC]

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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