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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 ...

Friedlaender, Kurt

(1899-?   ) German-born author, in Sweden from 1933, author of several essays and books on Russian literary figures. His Gulliver story, written but apparently not published in German and purporting to be translated from a fictitious English original narrated as usual by Lemuel Gulliver, is «Gullivers Reise in Hitlers Drittes Reich» ["Gulliver's Travels in Hitler's Third Reich"]. This appeared in Swedish as En resa till Springistan ...

Stirring Science Stories

US Pulp magazine, changing to letter-size for the final issue. Four issues February 1941 to March 1942, all edited by Donald A Wollheim. The first three issues were published bimonthly by Albing Publications which then ceased operating with heavy printing debts, and the company was taken over by Ben Sangor who operated as Manhattan Fiction Publications and sought to continue some of the magazines, including one final issue of ...

Vopěnka, Martin

(1963-    ) Czech publisher and author, active from about 1989, whose Pátý Rozmeř (2009; trans Hana Sklenkova as The Fifth Dimension 2015) is an example of Fantastika whose incorporation of sf elements achieves a bleakly deliberated abstractness that removes the text very far from Genre SF, or indeed from the tale of political/cultural ...

Frith, R J

(?   -    ) UK author whose sf novel, The Nemesis List (2010), is set in a relaxed Space Opera universe full of merchant traders and complaisant planetary authorities; her protagonist, a freelance freighter captain, must transfer a multiple murderer, whose IQ has been experimentally enhanced by the scientists he has murdered, to a planet where he can be taken care of (see ...

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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