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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 ...

Meteor Man, The

Film (1993). Tinsel Townsend/MGM. Produced by Loretha C Jones, directed and written by Robert Townsend. Cast includes Don Cheadle, Bill Cosby, Marla Gibbs, Eddie Griffin, Robert Guillame, James Earl Jones and Townsend. 100 minutes. Colour. / Townsend, the film's writer, director and leading actor, is a black comic with an extremely likeable, gentle manner; likeable enough, apparently, for him – he arranged the financing – to obtain many of the leading Black actors in the ...

Samachson, Joseph

(1906-1980) US research chemist who became a freelance author between 1938 and 1953 before returning to biochemistry, eventually retiring in 1973 after five years as Associate Clinical Professor of biochemistry at Loyola University, Chicago. His first story, "Bad Medicine" for Thrilling Wonder Stories in February 1941, was published as by William Morrison, under which name he wrote almost all his fiction of interest. Under the House Name ...

Cape Canaveral Monsters, The

Film (1960). CCM Productions. Produced by Richard Greer. Directed by Phil Tucker. Written by Tucker from his original idea. Staring Jason Johnson, Katherine Victor, Scott Peters, Linda Connell, Billy Greene. Special effects by Phillip Scheer (credited as Phil Scheer). 69 minutes. Black and white. / A pair of hostile Aliens who in their natural form appear as glowing, circular lights arrive on Earth to sabotage the US space programme. Basing themselves near ...

Byrds, The

The celebrated US pop group, formed in Los Angeles in 1964, recorded their most enduring music in the 1960s and are often associated with the hippy and psychedelic aspects of that decade, although their music owes as much to Country and Folk traditions. Founded by Roger McGuinn (1942-    ), David Crosby (1941-    ), Chris Hillman (1944-    ), Gene Clark (1944-1991) and Michael Clarke (1946-1993), the group began by playing in a ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos ...

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