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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 ...

Dent, Guy

(1892-1954) UK author who served in various military capacities during and after World War One, initially in the East African Mounted Rifles from 10 August 1914 and in various other capacities including Flying Officer in the Royal Flying Corps from 2 March 1916. He is best known for his adventure stories in The Detective Magazine and elsewhere, none of them fantastic, many featuring animals in natural habitats. His one contribution to sf was ...

El Hazard The Magnificent World

Japanese Original Video Animation (OVA) (1995-1996). Original title Shinpi no Sekai Eru Hazādo. AIC, Pioneer LDC. Directed by Hiroki Hayashi. Written by Ryoe Tsukimura. Voice cast includes Yuri Amano, Kouji Ishii, Tomoko Ishimura, Tetsuya Iwanaga, Rio Natsuki, Ryotaro Okiayu, Ryūzaburō Ōtomo, Tomo Sakurai and Yoko Sawami. Seven 30-45 minute episodes. Colour. / Makoto Mizuhara (Iwanaga) accidentally activates an artefact found ...

Loch Ness Monster

Scotland's mythical Loch Ness Monster – so called since 1933 and gaining international fame soon after, is generally explained in sf as a surviving aquatic Dinosaur or dinosaur colony, as in William J Makin's "The Monster of the Loch" (20 January-3 March 1934 Pearson's Weekly) with Leslie Arliss (1901-1987); Leslie ...

Christian, Deborah

(1956-    ) US author whose first novel, Mainline (1996), is an sf thriller involving much action in Parallel Worlds; the protagonist possesses a limited Psi-based ability to shift from one reality to another, in the course of committing industrial espionage through "back doors", but if she shifts too far cannot find her way back. Complications ensue when she falls in love, and attempts to keep ...

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. His first professional publication was a long sf-tinged poem, "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly); he only began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and sf proper with ...

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