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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 ...

Wagner, Jane

(1935-    ) US stage director, screenwriter and author, best known for her work in collaboration with her wife the stand-up comedian and actor Lily Tomlin (1939-    ); of their work together, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe (first performed 1985; 1986), filmed as The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe (1991) (see Theatre), is of sf interest, in particular ...

Canter, Mark

(1952-    ) US author whose Ember from the Sun (1995) combines elements of Prehistoric SF and the Lost World genre in the tale of a doctor who discovers the body of a pregnant, recently dead Neanderthal woman in Alaska, and implants the foetus in a human mother. The child, the eponymous Ember, grows up immune to cold, with paranormal (see Psi Powers) ...

Koester, Frank

(1876-1927) German-born engineer and author whose birth name was Franz Koester; in the US from 1902 and naturalized in 1904. His Under the Desert Stars (1923) is a Lost Race tale set in the Sahara Desert. [JC]

Jackson, Geo Russell

(circa 1834-1892) Scottish-born journalist, songwriter and author, in the US from an early age; his Young Adult novel, Ambregris Island; Or, the New El Dorado (1882), flirts enticingly with the Lost Race tale – the eponymous Island contains huge quantities of ambergris and an unknown tribe – and boasts a sea serpent (see Monsters). [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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