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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 ...

Larson, Rich

(1992-    ) Nigerian author, currently in Canada, who began to publish work of genre interest with "Every So Often" (dated 2011 for untraced release; in Datafall: Collected Speculative Fiction coll 2012 ebook); Tomorrow Factory: Collected Fiction (coll 2018) carefully assembles a further instalment of his numerous stories. He is now perhaps best known for The Violet Wars sequence beginning with Annex (2018), in which a ...

Westerns

The Western is dead: to begin with. In its pure form, unlike other genres of popular fiction, nonfantastic Westerns, also known as horse operas from the teens of the twentieth century, take place in a specific area or Zone of the world during the brief span between that point when whites began to conquer the Territory and that point when, fatally, they succeeded. Many Westerns, both written and film, were in fact composed during this period, and were in fact ...

Bryning, Frank

(1907-1999) Australian author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Miracle in the Moluccas" as by Frank Cornish for Pocket Book Weekly in 1950; his employment as a senior editor for various journals hampered his writing career, which effectively ended in the 1950s, though he published some stories late in life, after his retirement in 1973. Two series – the Joan Buckley tales about a Telepath and the Vivienne Gale or ...

He Xi

(1971-    ) Pen-name for an unidentified Chinese author and multiple Yinhe Award-winner, perhaps best known for his reworking of Chinese Mythology in "Ban Gu" (1996 Kehuan Shijie). A student at the Chengdu University of Science and Technology, He enjoyed a flurry of short story publications after his debut "Yiye Fengkuang" ["One Crazy Night"] (1991 ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos ...



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