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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 ...

Doomwatch

1. UK tv series (1970-1972). BBC TV. Produced by Terence Dudley. Series devised and partly written by Gerry Davis and Kit Pedler. Directors included Dudley, Jonathan Alwyn, David Proudfoot, Lennie Mayne, Eric Hills, Darrol Blake. Further writers included Dudley, John Gould, Brian Hayles, Don Shaw, Dennis Spooner, Martin Worth. Cast included Joby Blanchard, Wendy Hall, Simon Oates, John Paul, Robert Powell, Jean Trend ...

Sky Blue

South Korean animated film (2003; vt Wonderful Days). Tin House, Masquerade Films, Maxmedia. Directed by Kim Moon-saeng. Written by Kim Moon-saeng and Park Jun-Yong. Voice cast includes Kim Byung-kwan, Giri-Bong, Choi Ji Hoon, Yu In-chon, Eun Yeong Seon, Oh In Seong and Tak Won-Je. 86 minutes; director's cut 95 minutes. Colour. / In 2142, a century after civilization's Pollution-inspired collapse, the ...

Anstey, F

Pseudonym of Thomas Anstey Guthrie (1856-1934), UK author and humorist, best known for his many contributions to the magazine Punch from the 1880s and for his classic satirical fantasies, in most of which some magical item is introduced into contemporary society, with chaotic consequences. These were widely imitated by many writers, including R Andom, W D Darlington (1890-1979) and Richard Marsh (1857-1915), and thus became the archetypes ...

Life After People

US tv series (2009-2010). Flight 33 Productions for The History Channel. Created by David de Vries. One two-hour pilot film plus 20 45-minute episodes. Colour. / This unusual Thought Experiment series speculated on what might happen to various places and landmarks of the world if humanity should suddenly vanish for unspecified reasons. The timeline for each episode typically started at one day after the event, then one week, one month, one year, ...

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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