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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 ...

Space Science Fiction Magazine

US Digest-size magazine. Two issues, Spring and August 1957, published by the Republic Features Syndicate; edited by Lyle Kenyon Engel, with much editorial work, uncredited, by Michael Avallone. Despite featuring such names as Arthur C Clarke, Raymond F Jones, Mack Reynolds and Jack ...

Blackwood, Gary L

(1945-    ) US author, in Canada from 2005, most of his work being for Young Adult readers; he began publishing work of genre interest with "Ethan Unbound" in Short Circuits: Thirteen Shocking Stories by Outstanding Writers for Young Adults (anth 1992) edited by Donald R Gallo, tales like The Lion and the Unicorn (1982) – in which marginal fantasy elements attend hints that the Robin ...

Komatsu Sakyō

(1931-2011) Pseudonym of Minoru Komatsu, a Japanese author and essayist widely regarded as the premier sf writer of his country. He began producing work of interest in 1949 with several Manga under the pseudonym Minoru Mori; none of these has appeared in English format. After publishing Fanzine fiction in 1952, he drifted into the professional field in the late 1950s, in genre Magazines and Japanese newspapers ...

7 Faces of Dr Lao

Film (1964). George Pal Productions/MGM. Produced and directed by George Pal. Written by Charles Beaumont, based on The Circus of Dr Lao (1935) by Charles Finney. Cast includes Noah Beery Jr, Barbara Eden, John Ericson, Arthur O'Connell and Tony Randall. 99 minutes. Colour. / The film is Fantasy, but warrants inclusion here as the work of ...

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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