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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 ...

Abramov, Aleksandr

(1900-1985) Russian author, screenwriter, theatre critic and journalist who began to publish work of genre interest with Gibel' Shakhmat ["The Death of Chess"] (1926 chap), featuring a Chess-playing Machine that defeats the finest human players. Several decades passed before he returned to sf, invariably in collaboration with his son Sergei Abramov (1944-2024), who is not always credited. The novel-length "Hozhdenie za Tri ...

Osondu, E C

(?   -    ) Nigerian author, in US from around 2005, most of his work being short fiction, and mostly nonfantastic. He is of sf interest for Alien Stories (coll 2021), where tales of Aliens, sometimes engaged in First Contact, resonate with the issues of colonialism and racism (see Afrofuturism, Imperialism; ...

Bubblegum Crisis

Japanese Original Video Animation (1987-1991; vt Bubblegum Crisis 2033). Artmic and AIC. Directed by Katsuhito Akiyama. Written by Toshimichi Suzuki. Voice cast includes Toshio Furukawa, Akiko Hiramatsu, Kinuko Ômori, Yoshiko Sakakibara and Michie Tomizawa. Eight episodes of 26-52 minutes. Colour. / Sylia Stingray's (Sakakibara) Scientist father is murdered and his work stolen by the evil megacorporation GENOM, who ...

Stimson, F J

(1855-1943) US lawyer, diplomat (ambassador to Argentina 1915-1921) and author, who sometimes wrote as by J S of Dale, the name he used in The King's Men: A Tale of Tomorrow (1884) with Robert Grant, John Boyle O'Reilly and J T Wheelwright, describing an attempted monarchist coup in 1940s America which escalates into a Future War; the republicans win. In the Three Zones ...

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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