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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 ...

Zeigfreid, Karl

A John Spencer and Co House Name, erratically spelled Karl Zeigfried on sf titles predating the Badger Books imprint. It was initially used on early Spencer paperback sf novels published 1952-1954, all of which titles were bylined either Karl Zeigfried or Victor La Salle, another Spencer house name. John S Glasby used this pseudonym twice, and Tom W ...

Gresswell, Elise Kay

Working name of Elizabeth Gresswell (1877-1944), née Kay, UK author whose Near Future Scientific Romance, When Yvonne Was Dictator (1935), concerns the election of the eighteen-year-old Yvonne initially as prime minister of the UK at a time of Economic disaster, and then, because of the power of her personality, as dictator (see Politics). In ...

Stalker: Shadow of Chernobyl

Videogame (2007). GSC Game World (GSC). Platforms: Win. / Stalker: Shadow of Chernobyl is a First Person Shooter, much influenced by both Arkady and Boris Strugatski's novel Roadside Picnic (1972; trans 1977) and the Andrei Tarkovsky film Stalker (1979) that was loosely based ...

Boie, Kirsten

(1950-    ) German teacher and author, active from 1985 in the production of tales mostly for younger children, often assembled in series, little of her early work translated into English. She is of some interest for the Skogland sequence beginning with Skogland (2005; trans David Henry Wilson as The Princess Plot 2009), a Ruritanian tale whose impostor princess wants ...

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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