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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 ...

Curtis Warren

Founded in 1948, one of several UK publishing firms which flourished in the decade after World War Two by releasing dozens of purpose-written paperback originals in various popular genres. Before it foundered in 1954, Curtis Warren had published over 500 novels, 98 of them sf, all of them composed strictly according to length restrictions: in 1948-1950, Curtis Warren books were of 24 or 32 pages; in 1950-1953, they were of 112 or 128 pages; from 1953, 160-page volumes were the rule. Curtis ...

Littell, Jonathan

(1967-    ) US author, raised partly in France (he writes in French and English), resident mostly in Barcelona, Spain. His sf novel, Bad Voltage: A Fantasy in 4/4 (1989), depicts a Cyberpunk Paris with confused verve. The young protagonist (he is Black, though the cover of the first edition depicts him as white) moves from criminal activities Underground to the upper world of the rich, which mirrors ...

Rogow, Roberta

(1942-    ) US librarian and author, contributor to Fanzines and Filk activities from around 1978. Her Saga of Halvar the Hireling sequence beginning with Murders in Manatas (coll of linked stories 2013), though couched in historical fantasy terms, is of some sf interest as an Alternate History narrative set in a version of Manhattan (see ...

Apex Magazine

An initially low-paying magazine originally published as a review-size Print Magazine titled Apex Digest, which then went through an incarnation as a fortnightly cumulative Online Magazine before re-emerging as a monthly downloadable online magazine, paying professional rates, as Apex Magazine. It was published and originally edited by Jason Sizemore but from August 2010 was edited by Catherynne M ...

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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