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Franklin, H Bruce

(1934-2024) US critic and academic, a cultural historian in various positions at Stanford University from 1961, in that year giving one of the earliest university courses in sf in the USA. In 1972, despite holding tenure, he was dismissed by Stanford for making speeches allegedly inciting students to riot against the university's involvement in the Vietnam War – a case well known to those interested in questions of academic freedom. He became full professor, again with tenure, at Rutgers ...

Gladstone, Max

(1984-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "On Starlit Seas" in The Book of Exodi (anth 2009) edited by Michael K Eidson; he is best known for The Craft Sequence beginning with Three Parts Dead (2012), which submits the City at its heart [for Urban Fantasy see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] to a series of ...

Fugitive Futurist, The

UK short silent film (1924). Subtitled A Q-­riosity by "Q.". Hepworth. Directed and written by Gaston Quiribet. Cast unknown. 12 minutes. Black and white. / As a forlorn gambler mulls over his losses after a day's horse racing, he is approached by a self-proclaimed inventor carrying a package: within, apparently, is a Machine "based on the idea that by amplifying the particular vibrations of the ether, termed vision, one is able to see beyond ...

George, Peter

(1924-1966) UK author and ex-RAF officer whose life and career seem to have been dominated by the topic of nuclear World War Three and its consequences. His best-known sf novel, Two Hours to Doom (1958; vt Red Alert 1958) as by Peter Bryant, was a straightforward story in which a war, inaugurated unilaterally by a general applying the principle of pre-emptive defence (an argument which George presents as demonstrating the ...

Girls' Last Tour

Japanese animated tv series (2017); original title Shōjo Shūmatsu Ryokō. White Fox. Based on the Manga by Tsukumizu. Directors include Takaharu Ozaki. Writers: Kazuyuki Fudeyasu and Tsukumizu. Voice cast includes Kana Hanazawa, Yurika Kubo and Inori Minase. Twelve (24 minute) episodes. Colour. / A brief flashback conveys that soldiers arriving at their settlement led to "grandfather" persuading sensible ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos ...

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