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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 ...

Machine, The

Film (2013). Red & Black Films. Directed and written by Caradog W James. Cast includes Jade Croot, Helen Griffin, Pooneh Hajimohammadi, Denis Lawson, Caity Lotz, Jean-Paul Macleod and Toby Stephens. 91 minutes. Colour. / There is no backstory; by the year 2013, it may be, the makers of The Machine felt none would be necessary. The viewer is dumped in medias res into a desolate surveillance-heavy Near Future England just as a ...

Torres Quesada, Ángel

(1940-    ) Spanish author, very popular and prolific in sf, fantasy and horror; he has also written as by A Thorkent or Alex Towers. He has published at least 128 novels, three collections and more than thirty short stories and novellas. His first book was Un mundo llamado Badoom ["A World Called Badoom"] (1963), a Pulp-style sf novel. His early stories were included in some of the most important anthologies of that time, such as ...

Science Fiction Quarterly

US Pulp magazine in two series: Summer 1940 to Spring 1943 (10 issues) and May 1951 to February 1958 (28 issues), published by Columbia Publications. The first two issues of the first series were edited by Charles Hornig, and all others by Robert A W Lowndes. / In its first incarnation Science Fiction Quarterly – a companion to Science Fiction (see ...

Valentynov, Andriy

(1958-    ) Writing name of Andriy Shmalko, a Ukrainian historian, archaeologist and author, much of whose work is robust historical fiction (see History in SF), not listed below, in which the "genre" component is limited to the incisive application of his day-job to the description and retelling of events from the Roman Republic, ancient Crete, the Greek colonization of Crimea and other periods in history. His ...

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. He began to publish work of genre interest with an sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" in Triquarterly for Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959]; he began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and later in ...

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