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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 ...

Brown, Peter Currell

(1936-    ) UK author whose first novel, Smallcreep's Day (1965), at an indeterminate point in the twentieth century, contains an extremely effective Absurdist quest into the heart of a vast, palpably allegorical factory, though the book as a whole is somewhat scattershot; the notion that the result of the quest for meaning is another assembly line is never sufficiently brought into focus. Mike Rutherford, the guitarist/bassist ...

Wessex, Martyn

Pseudonym of UK author P F Little (?   -    ) for two sf novels written for Robert Hale Limited: The Slowing Down Process (1974), in which a space capsule returns to Earth with a dead astronaut and the seeds of a lethal Pandemic; and Chain Reaction (1976), where human fertility is endangered by the effects of a new Drug. [JC/DRL]

Mackel, Kathryn

(1950-    ) US screenwriter and author who writes for adult and Young Adult readers as Kathryn Mackel, and for younger readers as Kathy Mackel. Her work throughout is infused with Christian beliefs and advocacies, which govern her deployment of sf tropes, so that events initially seen as sf soon become Equipoisal between sf and supernatural fiction before unfolding in terms of dramas where the ...

Austin, Mary

(1868-1934) US critic, poet, playwright and author of fiction and nonfiction, including studies of the natural world of the American South-West like The Land of Little Rain (1903), and Taos Pueblo (graph 1930) with photographs by Ansel Adams (1902-1984). Her involvement with Native American life and arts was intensified by Feminist arguments that women were similarly oppressed (see Race in SF; ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos ...



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