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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 ...

Kerr, Geoffrey

Pseudonym of UK actor, screenwriter and author Geoffrey Kemble Grinham Keen (1895-1971), son of the actor-manager Frederick Kerr (1858-1933); he saw active service in World War One. His writing for Cinema includes the scenario for the successful supernatural comedy-romance The Ghost Goes West (1935) directed by René Clair, in which a Scottish castle is dismantled and reassembled in Florida, accompanied by its ...

Zito, V M

(?   -    ) US advertising agency executive and author of The Return Man (2012), a Near Future Post-Holocaust novel set in the Evacuated States of western America four years after the now traditional Zombie holocaust has split America apart: gonzo zombies out West, which has become a no-man's-land, while the Safe States back East have been crushed into ...

Wilson, Theodora Wilson

(1865-1941) UK teacher and author, active in the latter capacity from about 1900. She was born a Quaker, and with the onset of World War One returned to that faith. Of interest is The Last Weapon: A Vision (1916), in which sf and fantasy modes intermix: the eponymous Weapon, known as Hellite, is capable of destroying anything it touches. Perhaps in order to make use of it as a doomsday device, the man responsible for ...


UK indie band formed in 1989 by Damon Albarn (1968-    ), Graham Coxon (1969-    ), Alex James (1968-    ) and Dave Rowntree (1964-    ). Their first album, Leisure (1991), was an echo of dying genres from the Eighties but their next three albums would come to define the Britpop movement of the 1990s. Lyrically, singer Albarn was primarily known during this period as a social satirist (see ...

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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