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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 ...

Elliot, Jeffrey M

(1947-2009) US academic – professor of political science at North Carolina Central University – and author who has published prolifically in several areas. Much of his work in sf has been for Robert Reginald The Borgo Press, some of it in collaboration with Reginald himself – including the second version of Reginald's The Attempted Assassination of John F. Kennedy (1977 chap) as by Lucas Webb, which Elliot helped to revise into ...

Clines, Peter

(1969-    ) US screenwriter and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Long, Deep Dream" in Cthulhu Unbound: Vol 2 (anth 2009) edited by Thomas Brannan and John Sunsen, and whose Ex-Heroes sequence beginning with Ex-Heroes (2010) competently exploits Horror in SF topoi as a passel of Superheroes combat a Zombie apocalypse in ...


In discussions of popular literature, as in this volume, the term "pulp" is used metaphorically as often as specifically, and when used specifically it has both a narrow and a wide sense. / 1. "Pulp" is used in this encyclopedia as an indication of format, in contrast to Letter Size (see Bedsheet) and Digest. The pulp magazine normally measured 10 x 7 in (about 254 x 178 mm); where the word "pulp" is used with no other ...

Pratt, Cornelia Atwood

Working and maiden name of Cornelia Atwood Comer (1865-1929), author with Richard Slee (who has not been traced) of Dr Berkeley's Discovery (1899), in which the titular pathologist solves a mystery with his memory-cell-reading device (see Psychology). In an early variation on the Urban Legend that a dead person's retinas retain the last image seen, this Invention recovers latent visual ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. He began to publish work of genre interest with an sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" in Triquarterly for Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959]; he began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and later in ...

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