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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 ...

Van Stry, John

(?   -    ) US author, who also writes as by Jan Stryvant; beginning to publish work of genre interest with "Changes" in Yarf!: The Journal of Applied Anthropomorphics for December 1997. For most of his early career he focused on fantasy series like the long Valens Legacy sequence beginning with Black Friday (2017 ) as by Jan Stryvant [this series and others under this name are not listed in Checklist below]. Van Stry is of sf ...

Lewis, Sinclair

(1885-1951) US author, highly esteemed in the 1920s and 1930s for such novels as Main Street (1920) and Babbitt (1922), and first US winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, in 1930; but his reputation had much diminished before his death, and has not recovered. Lewis's first novel, Hike and the Aeroplane (1912) as by Tom Graham, is a juvenile centred on the Invention of a futuristic 200mph ...

Last of Us, The

Videogame (2013). Naughty Dog. Designed by Bruce Straley, Neil Druckmann. Platforms: PS3. / In the future, Zombies will rule the Earth. This apocalyptic scenario is a common preoccupation of early twenty-first century pop culture, the central conceit of works ranging from Max Brooks's novel World War Z (2006) – filmed as World War Z ...

Ireland, David

(1927-    ) Australian author whose A Woman of the Future (1979), his best-known work of sf interest, depicts a bizarre but positively conceived set of futures through which his protagonist searches, and finds congenial. City of Women (1981), on the other hand, presents a Feminist vision of separatism whose ending befits its Alice in Wonderland style, as the vision turns out to be the hallucination of a lonely ...

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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