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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 ...

Blakemore, Felix J

(1872-1948) UK author of The Coming Hour (1927), a dreadful-warning Near Future Dystopia set in an England run by socialists, who are voted out of office in 1946. This was not prescient of Felix J Blakemore. [JC]

Hanifin, John M

(?   -?   ) US author, whose reported death circa 1898 seems unlikely as manuscripts in his name were being submitted for publication five years later; his Lost Race novel, The Blind Men and the Devil (1891) as by Phineas, describes the experiences of a married couple who, mistaken for dead, are dumped into a river and discover an Underground world inhabited by a blind race. ...

Smith, E E

(1890-1965) US food chemist specializing in doughnut mixes, and author, often called the "Father of Space Opera"; because Hugo Gernsback appended "PhD" to Smith's name for his contributions to Amazing from 1928, he also became known as "Doc" Smith. Greatly influential in US Pulp-magazine sf between 1928 and about 1945, he found his reputation fading somewhat after the end of ...

Crilley, Paul

(1975-    ) Scottish author who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Echo of Silence" in New Voices in Science Fiction (anth 2003) edited by Mike Resnick, and who has since focused on Young Adult series. The Invisible Order sequence, comprising The Invisible Order, Book One: Rise of the Darklings (2010) and The Invisible Order: The Fire King (2011) ...

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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