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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 ...

Zombies, Run!

Videogame (2012). Six to Start. Designed by Naomi Alderman. Platforms: Android, iOS. / Set in a Post-Holocaust world, Zombies, Run! is a fitness Alternate Reality Game for smartphones. The game can be played at the gym or outside: players need to be moving, and activities like running, walking or cycling are all possible whilst playing. The player takes the role of ...

Ely, David

Working name of US journalist and author David Eli Lilienthal (1927-    ), who began to publish work of sf interest with "The Last Friday in August" for Fantastic in December 1961, but who is perhaps best known for a politically charged borderline thriller, The Tour (1967), in which tourists visit a fictional South American country to engage in "fake" sex, violence, guerrilla warfare, and reality-show-like rituals. The fabrication ...

Alexander, David M

(1945-    ) US lawyer and author who writes mysteries as David Grace, and whose first sf novel, The Chocolate Spy (1978), concerns the creation of an organic Computer using cloned braincells (see Clones). His second, Fane (1981), set on a planet whose electromagnetic configurations permit the controlled use of Magic, describes an inimical attempt to augment these ...

Rogers, Wayne

Pseudonym of US journalist and editor Archibald Bittner (1897-1966), who edited The Argosy from 9 June 1928 to 1931 under his own name; as Rogers (at some point he probably changed his name legally to Wayne Rogers) he was active in the Pulp magazines from 1932, beginning with "Yellow Treasure" for Thrilling Adventures in May 1932; he also wrote some stories as by Conrad Kimball. He may now be best known for his novel-length ...

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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