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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 ...

Smith, H Allen

(1907-1976) US newspaperman and author, mostly of humorous sketches (from about 1922) and books, often for the Saturday Evening Post. In his first sf novel, Mr Klein's Kampf, or His Life as Hitler's Double (1939), a Jew takes over from his look-alike, Hitler, and spoofishly declares Germany to be the new Zion. The Age of the Tail (1955), also a comic Satire, depicts the effect on a ...

Hookham, Albert E

(1870-1958) UK author of Amid the Strife; Or, the Lust of Mars (1909), a Future War tale whose venues are less specific than usual for this period, as the tale concerns a conflict between Britain and Bryghtland. [JC]

Watterson, Bill

(1958-    ) US cartoonist and author, known almost exclusively for his influential Comic strip, the Calvin and Hobbes sequence, which debuted on 18 November 1985 and ended (by his decision) on 31 December 1995, with a famous closing panel showing the real boy Calvin and the imaginary tiger Hobbes tobogganing off into an unending sublimity of winter whiteness, an off-frame "magical world, ol' buddy" (see ...

Treibich, S J

(1936-1972) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "First Contact" for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction with Laurence M Janifer in August 1965, and who, also with Janifer, wrote the Angelo di Stefano series of Space Operas: Target: Terra (1968 dos), The High Hex (1969 dos) and The Wagered World (1969 chap dos). ...

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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