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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 ...

Partington, Charles

(1940-2022) UK editor, publisher and author who began publishing work of genre interest with "The Manterville Inheritance" in Dark Things (anth 1971) edited by August Derleth. Several further stories appeared in various volumes of New Writings in SF edited by Kenneth Bulmer; "Narrative of Masks" appeared in New Worlds 9 (anth 1975). His only novel, the ...

Minto, William

(1845-1893) Scottish philosopher, academic, journalist and author whose sf novel, The Crack of Doom: A Novel (August 1885-June 1886 Blackwood's Magazine; 1886 3vols), portentously invokes the Disaster threatened by an approaching Comet to shape, intermittently, an otherwise prosaic (and conspicuously dithery) plot; in the event, the End of the World is averted. This novel should ...

Frewin, Anthony

(1947-    ) UK publisher and author, who also worked for five years as an assistant to the film director Stanley Kubrick. His One Hundred Years of Science Fiction Illustration: 1840-1940 (graph 1974) has a well-chosen selection of sf Illustrations, many – unusually – from the nineteenth century, with a full chapter on Albert Robida. [PN]

Captain America: The First Avenger

Film (2011). Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment present a Marvel Studios production. Directed by Joe Johnston. Written by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, based on the Marvel Comics by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby. Cast includes Hayley Atwell, Dominic Cooper, Chris Evans, Tommy Lee Jones, Sebastian Stan, Stanley Tucci and Hugo Weaving. 124 minutes. Colour, 3D (converted). / Joss ...

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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