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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 ...

Seibel, George

(1872-1958) US journalist, poet and author, of sf interest for The Fall: Being a True Account of What Happened in Paradise, for the Benefit of All Scandal-Mongers, with a New Interpretation of Sacred History, Vindicating Snakes and Apples (1919 chap), an allegorized exercise in Prehistoric SF involving an advanced civilization of Homo sapiens which moves en masse to Venus, leaving behind one recalcitrant couple ...

Adams, Frederick Upham

(1859-1921) US inventor, who specialized in improvements to heavy-duty engines for harvesting and locomotion, and author whose Near Future Utopia, President John Smith: The Story of a Peaceful Revolution (Written in 1920) (1897), elaborates upon the right of the electorate to choose the American Cabinet, and to earn a living wage without qualification. ...

Takami Kōshun

Working name of Hiroharu Takami (1969-    ) a Japanese author whose sole work to date has been much refashioned and adapted across several media. A graduate of Osaka University's Literature department, where he specialized in the aesthetics of fine arts, Takami worked for several years as a journalist for the provincial newspaper Shikoku Shinbun. His debut novel, the Satire Battle Royale (1999) was ...

Dorsey, Candas Jane

(1952-    ) Canadian author, arts journalist and social worker, author of three early volumes of poetry; married to Timothy J Anderson. Dorsey began publishing work of genre interest with "Columbus Hits the Shoreline Rag" (in Getting Here, anth 1977, ed Rudy Weibe); her terse, complex stories, assembled primarily in Machine Sex ... And Other Stories (coll 1988), Vanilla and Other Stories (2000) ...

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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