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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 ...

Raymond, James F

(1826-?   ) US author of two Lost Race tales. The Lost Colony (1891), set during the American Civil War, is of limited interest as a lost race tale, the previously undiscovered Island in the Atlantic Ocean being inhabited by shipwrecked Puritans, though the agrarian Utopia they have created is well described. Though not coherently assembled, The Old Mountain Hermit (fixup ...

Sonne, Hans Christian

(1891-1971) Danish-born stockbroker, banker and author, in US from 1917. He is of sf interest for Enterprise Island: "Old Joe's Way" (1948), a tale for older children which begins as Prehistoric SF with Lost Race implications and evolves into a fictionalized history of the growth of capitalism. [JC]

Sherwood, Martin

(1942-2011) UK author with a PhD in organic chemistry; editor of Chemistry & Industry. His sf novels are Survival (1975) and Maxwell's Demon (1976); in the latter, Aliens invade humans, thus putting them to sleep. [JC]

Douglas, L Warren

(1943-    ) Pseudonym of US teacher, woodcarver and author Douglas W Lugthart, who began to publish sf with A Plague of Change (1992). This was followed in the Plague of Change sequence by Cannon's Orb (1994); the protagonist of the sequence – who is something of an anthropologist (like Warren himself) as well as a Computer expert – is hired by Aliens to examine the ...

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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