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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 ...

Howard, Robert E

(1906-1936) US author, along with H P Lovecraft the central fashioner of generic American fantastic fiction before 1940, excluding sf: in Howard's case, Sword and Sorcery, and in Lovecraft's case supernatural horror as such (but also Horror in SF). Howard's few contributions to Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos do not bring out the sf elements, and he did not ...

Yokai Monsters: Spook Warfare

Japanese film (1968). Original title Yōkai Daisensō, vt The Great Yokai War. Daiei Film. Directed by Yoshiyuki Kuroda. Written by Tetsurō Yoshida. Cast includes Yoshihiko Aoyama, Chikara Hashimoto, Takashi Kanda, Akane Kawasaki and Osamu Ōkawa. 80 minutes. Colour. / Seven thousand years ago a Monster (Hashimoto) began hibernating in the ruins of Ur, once capital of Babylonia; awakened thousands ...

Craig, Colin

(?   -?   ) US author – possibly the pseudonym of Henry Spencer Booth, in whose name his only novel is copyrighted – whose A Suitor from the Stars (1928) confusedly portrays Earth as part of a Galactic Empire – unbeknownst to Earthlings – and subject to incursions by mysterious Aliens pursuing other mysterious aliens, one of whom is about to marry a beautiful coed. ...

Lloyd, J Wm

Working name of US sexologist, utopian theorist and author John William Lloyd (1857-1940), advocate of The Karezza Method of sexual intercourse, in which the male does not ejaculate, thus strengthening semen for eugenical reasons. His Natural Man sequence – comprising The Natural Man: A Romance of the Golden Age (1902) and ...

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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