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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 ...

McKitterick, Christopher

(1967-    ) US academic at the University of Kansas and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Paving the Road to Armageddon" (May 1995 Analog), following this several further stories and essays in Analog and other magazine and anthology venues. His first novel Transcendence (2010) is a near future mix of cyberpunk and space opera whose wide-screen action range across a human-colonized ...

Evans, Anna D

(?   -?   ) UK (?) author whose Feminist assault upon celibacy and male domination, It Beats the Shakers; Or, a New Tune (1905), skirts sf in its somewhat abstract rendering of the arrival (at some moment in the deep past) of woman from Venus, on condition that men treat them properly; of their later departure from Earth when the drab truths dominating male behaviour become incontrovertible; and the final ...

Armytage, W H G

(1915-1998) South-African born author and professor of education, in the UK from well before World War Two; he published several articles with an sf focus in journals such as Extrapolation and Riverside Quarterly. Of interest to sf readers among his fourteen books is Yesterday's Tomorrows: A Historical Survey of Future Societies (1968). Primarily concerned with literary versions of the shape the ...


US Fanzine, edited by from Berkeley by Terry Carr and Ron Ellik (issues #1-#65, February 1958-September 1960); Terry and Miriam Carr (#66-#71, November 1960-January 1961); and subsequently by Walter Breen (#72-#100, April 1961-February 1964). US quarto format, mimeographed; initially weekly, but for the most part fortnightly from July 1958; irregular from Spring 1962. 100 issues (but see below). / ...

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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