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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 ...

Moreno-Garcia, Silvia

(1981-    ) Mexican author, now in Canada, who attended university in the United States. Moreno-Garcia grew up in Baja California and Mexico City, the latter featuring prominently in her work (see also Mexico). She is perhaps the most visible Mexican genre author writing in English, and as such can be identified with the generation of young World SF authors such as Aliette ...

Magill, Frank N

(1907-1997) US author and editor of reference works published by Salem Press, which Magill himself founded in 1949 and ran until his retirement in 1996. Of particular interest is his nominal editorship of the huge but uneven Survey of Science Fiction Literature [for subtitle see Checklist] (anth 1979 5vols) and Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature (anth 1983 5vols), for the most part edited anonymously by Keith Neilson (whom see for ...

Yosei Gorasu

Film (1962; vt Gorath). Toho Studios. Directed by Ishirō Honda. Written by Takeshi Kimura, based on a story by Jojiri Okami. Cast includes Akihiko Hirata, Ryō Ikebe, Akira Kubo, Kumi Mizuno, Kenji Sahara, Yumi Shirakawa, Hiroshi Tachikawa and Jun Tazaki. 88 minutes, cut for US release to 83 minutes. Colour. / A small but massive Star, named Gorath, enters the Solar System and begins to disrupt planetary orbits. A Japanese ...

Heron-Maxwell, Beatrice

(1859-1927) UK author, an extremely prolific writer of stories, whose What May Happen: Stories Natural and Supernatural (coll 1901) contains some tales with speculative content, and whose The Queen Regent (1902) describes a Ruritania on an Island. [JC]

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. He began to publish work of genre interest with an sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" in Triquarterly for Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959]; he began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and later in ...

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