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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 ...

Pyramid Books

US paperback publishing company founded in 1949 by Almat Magazine Publishers. In its early years it specialized in "racy" novels and Westerns, but it soon began to publish sf, beginning with a reprint of Tomorrow and Tomorrow (1956; vt Tomorrow's World 1956) by Evan Hunter writing as Hunt Collins. Its early offerings were divided between original work and reprints (the latter often with sensational titles ...

Cox, Richard [2]

(1970-    ) US author, not to be confused with Richard (Hubert Francis) Cox (see previous entry); his two sf novels are Rift (2004), about an experimental Teleportation device, and The God Particle (2005), in which the search for a theoretical sub-atomic particle leads a Scientist in the direction of the eponymous deus ex machina. [JC]

Mitchell, Nicole

(1967-    ) US flautist and composer, a member and past chair of Chicago's influential Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM). As with many members of that organization, her prolific body of work bridges jazz, improvisation and classical composition. Her first sf-related works were a trilogy inspired by the writings of Octavia E Butler, all credited to Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth Ensemble: Xenogenesis Suite ...

Super Mario Bros.

Film (1993). Lightmotive/Allied Filmmakers in association with Cinergi Productions and Hollywood Pictures (see The Walt Disney Company). Produced by Jake Eberts and Roland Joffe. Directed by Rocky Morton and Annabel Jankel. Written by Parker Bennett & Terry Runte and Ed Solomon based on the concept and characters created by Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka of Nintendo. Cast includes Dennis Hopper, Bob Hoskins, John Leguizamo, Samantha ...

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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