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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 ...

Delmotte, Henri-Florent

(1798-1836) Belgian notary, bibliographer and author, of sf interest for Voyage pittoresque et industriel dans le Paraguay-Roux et la Palingénésie australe par Tridace-Nafé-Théobrome de Kaout't'chouk ["A Picturesque and Industrial Voyage to Paraguay-Roux and Southern Palingénésie by Tridace-Nafé-Théobrome de Kaout't'chouk"] [for full title see below] (1835 chap), a Satire of Belgian politics couched ...

Spencer, David

(1965-    ) US author whose work of sf interest is primarily restricted to his Tie to the Alien Nation universe, Alien Nation #6: Passing Fancy (1994), which is obedient to its requirements. Earlier he wrote the lyrics for Alan Brennert's Weird Romance (first performed 14 June 1992 WPA Theatre, New York). [JC]

Lamothe, Serge

(1963-    ) Canadian playwright, poet and author of an sf novella, Les Baldwin (2004; trans Fred A Reed and David Home as The Baldwins 2006 chap), in which scholars at some future period (see Ruined Earth) attempt perplexedly to understand contemporary civilization (see Ruins and Futurity) by studying a family known as the Baldwins. [JC]

Miss Fury

US Comic strip created, drawn and written by Tarpé Mills, real name June Tarpé Mills (1912-1988). Miss Fury was the first female Superhero created by a woman, introduced in a syndicated Sunday newspaper comic strip entitled The Black Fury on 6 April 1941; the strip and the heroine were retitled Miss Fury in November that year. The newspaper strip ran until 1952; eight comic books (1942-1946) were ...

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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