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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 ...

Wake, David

(1962-    ) UK playwright, author and editor. While at university in the early 1980s he, along with fellow-student Rob Meades, defined and named the Drabble – a 100-word Flash Fiction story format. One hundred drabbles, many donated by sf authors including Isaac Asimov and Terry Pratchett, were collected as The Drabble Project (anth 1988) edited as ...

Generation Starships

For writers unwilling to power their Starships with Faster-than-Light drives or to make use of a Relativistic time contraction, there is a real problem in sending ships between the stars: the length of the voyage, which would normally span many human lifetimes. The usual answers are to put the crew into Suspended Animation, as in James ...

Zeh, Juli

(1974-    ) German author whose fiction typically transgresses the "realistic" modes it harnesses. Of sf interest are Schilf (2007; trans Christine Lo as Dark Matter 2010; vt Free Fall), a noir thriller whose investigative deconstruction of a world where outcomes can be traced in advance is shaped by metafictional discussions between two physicists, one of whom may be just ahead of the cutting edge of ...

Invasion, The

Film (2007). Warner Bros, Village Roadshow Pictures, Silver Pictures. Directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel, additional sequences by James McTeigue (uncredited). Written by David Kajganich, based on The Body Snatchers (10-24 December 1954 Collier's Weekly; 1955; vt Invasion of the Body Snatchers 1973; rev 1978) by Jack Finney; additional material by Lana ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, Kenneth Bulmer, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its ...

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