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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 ...

Perception

The ways in which we become aware of and receive information about the outside world, mainly through the senses, are together called perception. Philosophers are deeply divided as to whether our perceptions of the outside world correspond to an actual reality, or whether they are merely hypotheses, intellectual constructs, which may give us an unreliable or partial picture of external reality, or whether, indeed, outside reality is itself a mental construct. / Perception is and always has ...

Pamuk, Orhan

(1952-    ) Turkish author, almost exclusively of nonfantastic works whose comprehensive and penetrating focus on the culture and history and politics of his native land have won him praise from the world at large, and oppressive threats from the powers that be. He won the Nobel Prize for literature in 2007; and was persecuted, off and on, for referring to the Turkish genocide of its Armenian population in 1915. ...

Sully, Kathleen M

(1910-2001) UK author, active since about 1946, whose sf novel, Skrine (1960), is set sometime in a Ruined Earth Britain after World War Three, and describes the hegira of its initially solitary protagonist, who eventually becomes thought of as a healer in the village he arrives at; but conflict with the ruler of the village ends tragically. [JC]

Cosmic Stories

1. See Amateur Magazine; Jerry Siegel. / 2. US Pulp magazine, three bimonthly issues, March to July 1941, edited by Donald A Wollheim. Cosmic Stories was one of two companion magazines (the other being Stirring Science Stories) started by Wollheim in 1941 and published by Albing ...

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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