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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 ...


Film (1970). Herman Cohen Productions/Warner Bros. Directed by Freddie Francis. Written by Aben Kandel, based on a story by John Gilling, Peter Bryan. Cast includes Joe Cornelius, Joan Crawford, Michael Gough and Bernard Kay. 93 minutes, cut to 91 minutes. Colour. / A troglodyte or caveman survival (Cornelius) is discovered in a cavern, and investigated by an Anthropologist (Crawford, in her last performance). All the innocent-in-the-modern-world ...

Coulson, Robert

(1928-1999) US author, a long-time fan (known in fandom as Buck Coulson) who edited, with his wife Juanita Coulson, the fanzine Yandro, winner of a 1965 Hugo. He began writing work of genre interest with two Man from U.N.C.L.E. novelizations with Gene DeWeese – who became his permanent writing partner – both as by Thomas Stratton: ...

Clarke, Susanna

(1959-    ) UK author, partner of Colin Greenland from 1996; she began to publish work of genre interest with "The Ladies of Grace Adieu" in Starlight 1 (anth 1996) edited by Patrick Nielsen Hayden, which was assembled with other tales in the thematic Raven King sequence as The Ladies of Grace Adieu (coll 2006), most of these stories serving as pendants to her ...

Norman, John

Pseudonym used for his fiction by US author and philosophy teacher John Frederick Lange Jr (1931-    ). His fiction mainly comprises a series of borderline-sf Planetary Romances set on Gor, a Counter-Earth sharing Earth's orbit but – because it is on the other side of the Sun – always invisible to us. This astrophysical impossibility is never argued in the texts, which might ...

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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