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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 ...

Blind Bargain, A

Film (1922). Goldwyn Pictures Corporation. Directed by Wallace Worsley. Written by J G Hawks, based on The Octave of Claudius (1897) by Barry Pain. Cast includes Virginia True Boardman, Lon Chaney, Fontaine La Rue, Raymond McKee. 57 minutes. Black and white (tinted prints existed). / The film is lost, quite possibly destroyed when Goldwyn was taken over by MGM. The impoverished protagonist, as described in the original novel, comes to an ...

Koyama Takao

(1948-    ) Japanese author, one of the most influential scenarists in Anime, due to his seminal Television scripts and his mentoring of the next generation of writers. / While studying literature at Waseda University, he was already working part-time in television, writing questions for the programme Quiz Time Shock. Joining Tatsunoko Productions after graduation, Koyama was ...

Gheusi, Pierre-Barthélmy

(1865-1943) French editor, playwright, theatrical director and author, who often gave his name as P-B Gheusi; many of his opera librettos contain elements of fantasy, though no sf. For the Atlantis fantasy Les Atlantes, aventures des temps légendaires (portions in feuilleton form 1904 La Nouvelle Revue; 1905; trans Brian Stableford as The Last Days of Atlantis 2015) with ...

Collier, John

(1901-1980) UK author, poet and short-story author who spent much of his career, after about 1935, in the USA writing filmscripts. He was known mainly for his sophisticated though sometimes rather precious short stories, generally featuring the kind of acerbic snap ending often found in the disillusioned, wary kind of Slick Fantasy [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] introduced by Saki, who ...

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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