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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 ...

Knapp, James

(1970-    ) US author whose Revivors sequence comprises State of Decay (2010), which won the Compton Crook/Stephen Tall Memorial Award, The Silent Army (2010) and Element Zero (2011). The series is set in a Near Future Dystopian America whose citizens – in order to avoid military service in the ...

Fawcett, Fausto

(1957-    ) Working name of Brazilian author, songwriter and singer who entered Rio de Janeiro's musical scene with spoken word albums and shows displaying a hip-hop edge and lyrics with strong, surreal imagery: Fausto Fawcett e os Robôs Efêmeros ["Fausto Fawcett and the Ephemeral Robots"] (1987) and Império dos Sentidos ["Empire of the Senses"] (1989). His written sf is an expansion of his songs ...

Fawkes, Frank Attfield

(1849-1941) UK industrialist and author, mostly of nonfiction, whose one sf novel, Marmaduke, Emperor of Europe: Being a Record of Some Strange Adventures in the Remarkable Career of a Political and Social Reformer Who Was Famous at the Commencement of the Twentieth Century (1895) as by X, is a Future War tale dominated by intrigues surrounding the complex triumph of a British reformer known as Marmaduke who proposes a European state, and after his ...

Berthet, Élie

(1815-1891) French author, who specialized over his prolific career mostly in tales of criminal life set in Paris, publishing more than 100 novels over his long career; he is perhaps best known in English translation for L'homme des bois (1861; trans anon as The Wild Man of the Woods: A Story of the Island of Sumatra 1868), the family of whose human protagonist is threatened by the eponymous advanced orang-utan (see Apes as Human); ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, Kenneth Bulmer, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its ...



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