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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 ...

Tilson, Jake

(1958-    ) UK artist, graphic designer and author whose early work reflects various influences, including punk rock and underground Comics, perhaps primarily 2000 AD. Some of the graphic artists and painters who contributed to and/or influenced New Worlds in the 1960s may as well helped inspire Tilson's use of sf narrative motifs and image clusters in the creation of his "xerox books". ...

Scorpion, The

US Pulp magazine, one issue, April 1939, published by Popular Publications; edited by Ejler and Edith Jakobsson. The Scorpion was in every respect a sequel to The Octopus, only the alias of the villainous protagonist being changed. The sadistic, borderline-sf feature novel, "Satan's Incubator" by Randolph Craig (Norvell W Page), was reprinted by Robert E ...

Weaver, Richard

(1936-    ) UK artist and graphic designer who studied at the Royal College of Arts in the 1950s, worked for various design agencies, and set up his own Richard Weaver (Designs) Ltd in 1975. He created numerous covers for sf books issued by the British publisher Dennis Dobson from 1965 to 1980, and apparently did no other genre work. His covers sometimes seem minimalist, products more of graphic design – such as collaged clip-art – than of studio art, though ...

Woodley, Sherrida

(1950-    ) US author in whose Near Future sf tale Quick Fall of Light (2010) the survival of a passenger pigeon offers a chance that Homo sapiens will not succumb to a new Pandemic as devastating as the 1918 Spanish flu. [JC]

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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