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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 ...

Howard, Robert E

(1906-1936) US author, along with H P Lovecraft the central fashioner of generic American fantastic fiction before 1940, excluding sf: in Howard's case, Sword and Sorcery, and in Lovecraft's case supernatural horror as such (but also Horror in SF). Howard's few contributions to Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos do not bring out the sf elements, and he did not ...

Lea, Alec Richard

(1907-2003) Canadian-born author, in UK from childhood; the protagonists of The Outward Urge (1944) protagonists escape a Near Future totalitarian Dystopia via Time Travel to a better land, inhabited by Druids. [JC]

Takano Kazuaki

(1964-    ) Japanese author, almost exclusively of nonfantastic crime thrillers, an exception of sf interest being Jenosaido (2011; trans Philip Gabriel as Genocide of One 2014; vt Extinction 2015), an Alternate History which sets a Mutant Superman against a fearful and corrupt American government whose President, Gregory S Burns, is ...

Dalton, Henry Robert Samuel

(1834-1903) UK poet and author, active from 1857 to about 1890, much of whose work treated of the emancipation of women (see Feminism), and whose sf novel Lesbia Newman: A Novel (1889) depicts a profound change in UK social attitudes after the disastrous loss of Ireland and the USA in 1890, as a consequence of which the eponymous female manages to seduce the Ecumenical Council of 1900 into proclaiming the worship of women (see ...

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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