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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 ...

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Russian animated film (1978; original title Kontakt). Soyuzmultfilm. Directed by Vladimir Tarasov. Written by Alexander Kostinsky. 10 minutes. Colour. / An artist wandering the countryside rests by a lake: as he hums to himself, a Spaceship arrives. Its pilot – a Shapeshifting fluorescent triangle-eyed slug-like ...

Houellebecq, Michel

(1958-    ) French author, born Michel Thomas, though he took his grandmother's surname for his writing, and is known only under that name. His first work of genre interest is the intensely argued H.P. Lovecraft: Contre le monde, contre la vie (1991; trans Dorna Khazeni as H.P. Lovecraft: Against the World, Against Life 2005), which includes two H P Lovecraft stories to demonstrate that both authors share a ...


Role Playing Game (2002). Arc Dream Publishing (ADP). Designed by Dennis Detwiller, Greg Stolze. / Godlike is a Superhero game set in an alternate version of World War Two, in which "Talents" with superhuman powers exist, but are not much more powerful than ordinary humans. The result is a grim and gritty setting where the players are bigger than life, but the war is ...

Russell, Karen

(1981-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Haunting Olivia" in The New Yorker for 13-20 June 2005; the tale evokes a world and mood to which her work repeatedly returns: the coves, islets, and low-lying inlands of southern Florida, whose Polders [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] and thresholds Russell dramatizes with a sensibility that might be called Florida ...

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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