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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 ...

Potocki, Jan

(1761-1815) Polish military engineer, ethnologist, linguist, traveller and author whose first stories – which show the influences of Arabian Fantasy [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] – appeared in the 1780s, embedded into his travel books. He is best-known for Manuscrit trouvé à Saragosse ["The Manuscript Found at Saragossa"], a complex text whose publication history is so convoluted ...


US Fanzine (1960-1963), edited from New York by Dick (Richard) Lupoff and Pat Lupoff. Ten issues at irregular intervals, dated 1960 to May 1963. / Large and attractively produced, with illustrations by Roy G Krenkel, Eddie Jones and others, Xero was particularly well known for its articles on Comics, notably the series ...

MacLennan, Phyllis

(1920-2012) US translator, actor and author who began publishing work of genre interest with "A Contract in Karasthan" for Fantastic Stories of the Imagination (see Fantastic) in July 1963, her best-known tale being "Thus Love Betrays Us" (September 1972 F&SF). Her sf novel, Turned Loose on Irdra (1970), subverts its orthodox frame – the protagonist is sent to a planet whose civilization (see ...

Sherlock Hound

Japanese/Italian animated tv series (1984-1985); original titles Meitantei Holmes (Japan) and Il fiuto di Sherlock Holmes (Italy). RAI, Tokyo Movie Shinsha. "Original idea" by Marco Pagot and Gi Pagot. Chief Directors Hayao Miyazaki and Kyōsuke Mikuriya. Writers include Yoshihisa Araki, Tsunehisa Itō, Sunao Katabuchi, Mayumi Shimazaki and Keishi Yamazaki. Voice cast includes ...

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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