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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 ...

Wingrove, David

(1954-    ) UK critic and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Photographs" in Focus for Spring 1980, though he has written very little short fiction since, some of it as by Fara Jackson. His career has broken into two logical sequences. Initially he concentrated on critical work, the earliest significant example of which – The Immortals of Science Fiction (1980) – was printed but never officially released, due to the ...

Wells, David A

(1828-1898) US engineer, economist, editor, inventor and author, mostly of nonfiction like The Science of Common Things (1857) and a very popular textbook, Wells's Natural Philosophy (1863); he was a free-trade advocate, holding influential positions during the presidencies of Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson. He is of sf interest for Robinson Crusoe's Money; Or, the Remarkable Financial Fortunes and Misfortunes of a Remote Island Community (1876), ...

Sarah Jane Adventures, The

UK tv series (2007-2011). Created by Russell T Davies for BBC Wales. Producers include Davies, Julie Gardner, Nikki Smith, and Phil Ford. Directors include Joss Agnew, Alice Troughton, and Graeme Harper. Writers include Davies, Ford, and Gareth Roberts. Cast includes Daniel Anthony, Tommy Knight, Anjli Mohindra (season 2 and onwards), Yasmin Paige (season 1) and Elisabeth Sladen. 60-minute pilot followed by 46 30-minute episodes. / The second ...

Terrill, Cristin

(?   -    ) US author whose first novel, the Young Adult All Our Yesterdays (2013), confronts Time Paradox issues with surprising and salutary harshness, as the Near Future versions of the two contemporary young protagonists struggle with themselves and each other. Em/Marina must attempt to prevent her/their disturbingly attractive friend from ...

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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