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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 ...

Marcellino, Fred

(1939-2001) American artist, known for both his book covers and his illustrated children's books. Trained as a fine artist, Marcellino shifted in the 1960s to designing album covers, and in the 1970s he began producing book covers for major New York publishers. Never a specialist in sf, Marcellino was admired for interesting and sometimes abstract designs that widely influenced the entire industry, and he was regularly trusted to provide covers for best-selling authors like Judith Rossner, Anne ...

Eerie, Indiana

US tv series (1991-1992). Cosgrove/Meurer Productions for NBC-TV. Created by José Rivera. Produced by Rivera, Walter Barnett, Michael Cassutt. Directors included Bob Balaban, Joe Dante, and Mark Goldblatt. Writers included Cassutt, Matt Dearden. Cast includes Julia Condra, Francis Guinan, Mary-Margaret Humes, Omri Katz and Justin Shenkarow. Nineteen 30-minute episodes. Colour. / When the Tellers (Guinan and Humes) move to the small town of Eerie, ...

Stein, Benjamin

(1944-    ) US actor (as Ben Stein), lawyer, journalist and author, an advocate of intelligent design in Evolution, apparently arguing that a proper understanding of the theory of evolution showed that it led inevitably to Eugenics and the excesses of Nazi Germany. His first novel, On the Brink (1977) with Herbert Stein, depicts a ...

Faucette, John M

(1943-2003) US author whose sf novels, including Crown of Infinity (1968) and The Age of Ruin (1968), are routine works, the first a Space Opera, the second a post-Disaster odyssey. The Peacemakers series – in which Alien invaders are fought to a negotiated truce in a Future War involving nuclear weapons and Vietnam like guerrilla ...

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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