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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 ...

Schochet, Victoria

(1947-    ) US editor, publisher and author, married to Eric Van Lustbader since 1982; subsequently a freelance editor and nonfantastic novelist as Victoria Lustbader. She has worked editorially at Analog (as managing editor), Harper, Putnam, and as senior sf/fantasy editor at the Berkley Publishing Group, where she co-edited all five volumes of the significant ...

Palmer, David

(1941-    ) US author whose first story, the impressive "Emergence" in Analog for January 1981, was expanded as Emergence (fixup 1984), a Young Adult tale which attracted some notice for its depiction of a Post-Holocaust America suffering the consequences of a nuclear World War Three, and for its juvenile heroine, who represents a ...

Teenagers from Outer Space

US film (1959; vt Invasion of the Gargon; vt The Gargon Terror; vt The Ray Gun Terror UK). Tom Graeff Productions/Warner Brothers Pictures. Directed and produced by Tom Graeff. Written by Graeff. Cast includes Dawn Bender (credited as Dawn Anderson), Harvey B Dunn (Gramps Morgan), Tom Graeff (credited as Tom Lockyear – Joe Rogers), Bryan Grant, David Love, King Moody (spacecraft captain) and Gene Sterling. 86 minutes cut to 72 minutes for home video release. ...

Whitnall, Harold O

(1877-1945) US academic and author, whose nonfiction focused on prehistory, with popular studies of early flora and fauna. His Hunter of the Caverns (1939) is a Prehistoric SF tale set in southern France about 30,000 years ago. [JC]

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. He began to publish work of genre interest with an sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" in Triquarterly for Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959]; he began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and later in ...

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