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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 ...


Film (1993). Universal. Directed by Joe Dante, screenplay Charlie Haas from a story by Jerico and Charlie Haas. Cast includes Simon Fenton, John Goodman, Lisa Jakub, Omri Katz and Cathy Moriarty. 99 minutes. Colour. / Not so much an sf movie as a movie giving a cultural critique of sf movies. The setting is Key West, Florida, during the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, when nuclear war for a time seemed imminent. Teenager Gene Loomis (Fenton) is new in town, ...

Gamma Quadrilogy

A quartet of mid-1960s sf films directed by Antonio Margheriti credited as Anthony Dawson, comprising I Criminali della Galassia (1965; vt The Wild, Wild Planet), I Diafanoidi Vengono la Morte (1966; vt War of the Planets), Il Pianeta Errante (1966; vt War Between the Planets) and La ...

SFRA Award for Lifetime Contributions to SF Scholarship, The

The current (since 2019) self-descriptive name of the Science Fiction Research Association's major career honour, formerly the Pilgrim Award – in which entry, for convenience, a full retrospective list is maintained. [DRL] Winners 2019: John Rieder 2020: Sherryl Vint 2021: Veronica ...

von Neupauer, Josef

(1806-1902) Austrian politician and author whose sf novel, Österreich im Jahre 2020 ["Austria in the Year 2020"] (1893), describes Mr Forest's journey to Austria in 2020, guided by Julian West from Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward (1888). Austria, now a monarchical Utopia, is run on communist lines, with women's rights established to a degree (see Feminism); Vienna has ...

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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