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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 ...

Kalstein, Dave

(?   -    ) US screenwriter and author whose Near Future sf novel, Prodigy (2005), is set in an elite highrise school on the edge of a thinly disguised Los Angeles (see California) in 2036; its students, subject to extremely intense Cultural Engineering, believe wrongly they are being shaped for a Utopian future. ...

Friend, Oscar J

(1897-1963) US literary agent, editor and author who worked for the Standard Magazine chain on Captain Future, Startling Stories and Thrilling Wonder Stories during 1941-1944, a period when these magazines were most specifically aimed at adolescents. The editorial director at the time was Leo Margulies, with whom Friend later edited three anthologies (see below). ...

Swanwick, Michael

(1950-    ) US author who began to publish sf with "The Feast of St Janis" for New Dimensions 11 (anth 1980) edited by Marta Randall and Robert Silverberg, and who became known, very rapidly, as an author of intensely crafted, complex tales whose multiple layering allows his conventional sf plots and venues to be understood as exercises in mythopoesis, somewhat after the manner of Gene ...

Le Tellier, Hervé

(1957-    ) French mathematician and author, president of the Oulipo Group (see Mathematics; Oulipo); active from around 1990. Though much of his work is expectably and proficiently generated from "arbitrary" models, with linguistic/mathematical rhythms often commanding multiple unpackings of human behaviour, including Sex positions and outcomes, he is primarily of sf interest for ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, Kenneth Bulmer, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its ...

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