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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 ...

Zappa, Frank

(1940-1993) US composer, singer and guitarist. Of Zappa's seventy-five albums (many credited to "Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention") some include references to Pulp-magazine heroics and monstrosities that are recognizably sf. Zappa was always happiest juxtaposing avant-garde classical, experimental, chart-pop and popular culture more generally, as in his extended jazz-fusion "King Kong" (on Uncle Meat, 1969), a version, obviously, of ...

Kelvin Throop

Character in an occasional Analog feature billed as a short story but in fact a sequence of more or less Satirical epistolary grumbles in which the competent man Kelvin Throop – in various roles as Scientist, engineer, administrator, etc. – conveys his uninhibited opinions of bureaucrats, incompetents, the general public and other hindrances to the operation of whatever his department may currently ...

Muir, Ward

(1878-1927) UK photographer and author whose "Further East than Asia": A Romantic Adventure (1919) is set in a Lost World – an Island in the Far East – whose inhabitants gain longevity (see Immortality) through bathing in a radioactive pool, which also gives them leprosy. [JC]

Indestructible Man

Film (1956). C G K Productions/Allied Artists Pictures. Produced and directed by Jack Pollexfen. Written by Vy Russell and Sue Dwiggins (credited as Sue Bradford). Cast includes Marian Carr, Lon Chaney Jr, Ross Elliott, Stuart Randall, Robert Shayne and Max Showalter (credited as Casey Adams). Narrator: Casey Adams. 72 minutes. Black and white. / Career criminal Charles "Butcher" Benton (Chaney) is double-crossed by his three partners in an armoured-car heist, and sent to the ...

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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