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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 ...

Oram, John

Working name of Welsh author John Oram Thomas (1906-1992) for his two Ties in the Man from U.N.C.L.E. Television sequence (see The Man from U.N.C.L.E.), The Copenhagen Affair (1965) and The Stone-Cold Dead in the Market Affair (1966), the latter – unusually – being set in Wales. [JC]

Sheffield, Charles

(1935-2002) UK-born physicist and author, permanently in the USA from 1971, married to Nancy Kress from 1998 until his death; he published the first of more than 100 technical papers and science articles in 1962, and the first of 100 or more sf stories, "What Song the Sirens Sang", in Galaxy for April 1977. Much of his short fiction is assembled in Vectors (coll 1979), Hidden Variables (coll 1981), ...

Zerwick, Chloe

(1923-2018) US editor, artist and author who collaborated with Harrison Brown on The Cassiopeia Affair (1968), in which a message from an Alien civilization – possibly faked – has a potentially transformative effect upon a world at the brink of World War Three. As an artist she worked mostly in glass, her second book, which is nonfiction, being ...

McIvor, Allan

Pseudonym of the unidentified author (?   -?   ) of The Overlord: The Story of the Peons of Canada (1904), a Near Future depiction of Canada under a dictatorship. The upcoming business magnate protagonist of The Mechanic (1906) powers his rise initially through an Invention of his father, an improved method for refining iron ore into steel; his own later inventions include a ...

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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