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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 ...

Powered Armour

A now familiar device in (especially) Military SF, the most famous example being the Mobile Infantry armour described in great and plausible detail by Robert A Heinlein in Starship Troopers (October-November 1959 F&SF as "Starship Soldier"; 1959); this includes a jet pack for Flying. Heinlein's influence helped shape the Japanese sf trope of ...

Peck, Bradford

(1853-1935) US businessman – he was President of a department store in Lewiston, Maine – and author of The World a Department Store: A Story of Life under a Cooperative System (1900), a Sleeper Awakes tale written under the influence of Edward Bellamy; the protagonist, revived in 1925, find himself in the great Cooperative City of Maine, a Utopia built in the shape of an ...

Ai City

Japanese Original Video Animation (OVA) (1986; vt Love City). Based on the Manga by Shuho Itahashi, aka SYUFO. Ashi Productions. Directed by Kōichi Mashimo. Written by Hideki Sonoda. Voice cast includes Kiyoshi Kobayashi, Mami Koyama, Ichirō Nagai, Nachi Nozawa, Hirotaka Suzuoki, Yuki Ueda and Takeshi Watabe. 86 minutes. Colour. / The film opens in medias res with a car chase across a ...

Suicide Squad

Film (2016). Warner Bros Pictures presents an Atlas Entertainment production in association with Ratpac-Dune Entertainment. Written and directed by David Ayer, based on characters first created by Ross Andru and Robert Kanigher in The Brave and the Bold #25 (September 1959) and later revived by DC Comics in Legends #3 (January 1987) written by John Ostrander and thereafter in 66 monthly issues of Suicide Squad (May ...

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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