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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 ...

Toledano Redondo, Juan Carlos

(1971-    ) Juan Carlos Toledano Redondo was born in Adra, Spain. He completed a BA at the Universidad de Granada in Spanish Philology and a PhD in Romance Languages at the University of Miami, Florida. He is Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies at Lewis & Clark College, Portland, Oregon, and works on the fantastic in Spanish-language contemporary narrative. / Toledano has dedicated most of his research life to investigating the relationship between the Castro ...

Hodgson, John

(1881-1936) UK inventor and author, whose vision of various forms of Utopia via Time Travel, The Time-Journey of Dr. Barton. An Engineering and Sociological Forecast based on Present Possibilities (1929 chap), attractively posits a world delivered from excesses of Technology by a cadre of technocrats; The Great God WASTE (1933) is a less-fictionalized disquisition on some of ...

Rostand, Maurice

(1891-1968) French playwright and author of marginal sf interest for Le Cercueil de Cristal (1920; trans Alys Eyre Macklin as The Crystal Coffin 1922), whose protagonist is seemingly possessed (see Decadence; Identity Transfer) by a Svengali-like mentor. [JC]


The city is the focal point of our civilization, and images of the city of the future bring into sharp relief the expectations and fears with which we imagine the future of civilization. Disenchantment with metropolitan life was evident even while Utopian optimism remained strong, and became remarkably exaggerated in Dystopian images of the future. The growth of the cities during the Industrial Revolution created filthy slums where ...

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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