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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 (1969; vt Journey to the Far Side of the Sun). Century 21 Productions/Universal. Producers Gerry and Sylvia Anderson. Directed by Robert Parrish. Written by the Andersons, Donald James. Cast includes Ian Hendry, Herbert Lom, Lyn Loring, Roy Thinnes and Patrick Wymark. 101 minutes, cut to 94 minutes (US). Colour. / The first live-action feature from the Anderson production team responsible for a number of television series featuring ...

Mayumura Taku

Working name of Takuji Murakami (1934-2019) a Japanese author, late-night radio personality and sometime translator who found a new audience outside the genre with his last great work. After graduating in economics from Osaka University, he spent six years working for a large ceramics company, before drifting into sf authorship for Uchūjin and Yasutaka Tsutsui's Null magazine. He would draw ...

Terror from the Year 5000

US film (1958; vt Cage of Doom). La Jolla Productions. Directed and written by Robert J Gurney Jr; very loosely inspired by "Bottle Baby" (April 1957 Fantastic) by Henry Slesar (uncredited). Cast includes Ward Costello, Frederic Downs, Fred Herrick, Joyce Holden, Salome Jens and John Stratton. 70 minutes. Black and white. / We are loudly informed by the narrator that "in the year 1947 man broke through the sound ...


The name since 1960 of the SF Magazine launched in 1930 as Astounding (which see). Published by Street & Smith (Astounding's publishers since October 1933) through the 1960 name change to January 1962; Condé Nast February 1962-August 1980; Davis Publications September 1980-August 1992; Dell Magazines, September 1992-current (as a division of Crosstown Publications ...

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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