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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 ...

Beyond Tomorrow

US Radio anthology series (1950; vt Beyond This World). CBS for the CBS Radio Network. Producers, directors, and staff writers unknown. / Although newspaper advertisements appeared for this series, it is unclear whether any of the three episodes were in fact aired. "Requiem" (5 April 1950) was adapted from "Requiem" (January 1940 Astounding) by Robert A Heinlein; "Incident at ...

Savchenko, Vladimir

(1933-2005) Russian electronics engineer and author who began as an author of short stories in the 1950s, publishing Chernye zvezdy: nauchno-fantasticheskii povest ["Dark Stars"] (coll 1960) and contributing to anthologies. His most famous novel, Otkrytiie Sebia: nauchno-fantasticheskii roman (1967; trans Antonina W Bouis as Self-Discovery 1979), depicts in unclichéd terms the scientific development of a Superman. ...

Jones, Gwyneth

(1952-    ) UK author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Felicia" (in Junior Winter's Tales, anth 1975, ed M R Hopkins), and who became widely known in the 1980s after she began to publish adult novels; over the reach of her career, however, most of her books have been juveniles, beginning with Water in the Air (1977), a fantasy; from Dear Hill (1980), she has written sf and fantasy almost exclusively; and from 1981 ...

Mind Forever Voyaging, A

Videogame (1985). Infocom. Designed by Steve Meretzky. Platforms: AppleII, AtariST, C128, DOS, Mac (1985); Amiga (1986). / The release of A Mind Forever Voyaging represented an attempt by Infocom to produce a game that would be less of a text-based Adventure and more of a work of Interactive Fiction. The choice of title – a ...

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. His first professional publication was a long sf-tinged poem, "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly); he only began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and sf proper with ...

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