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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 ...

D'Anvers, N

Pseudonym of author and translator Nancy Regina Emily Meugens (1844-1933), who clocked her Belgian ancestry ["Nancy from Antwerp"] through the name she chose for all her translations of novels by Jules Verne. In her own right, as by Mrs A G Bell or Mrs Arthur Bell, she was the author of several popularizing guides to Western art and individual artists, the best known of these being James McNeill Whistler (1904) because he disapproved of her. She ...

Target Earth!

Film (1954). Abtcon Pictures/Allied Artists. Directed by Sherman A Rose. Written by William Raynor, based on "Deadly City" (March 1953 If) by Paul W Fairman (as Ivar Jorgensen). Cast includes Kathleen Crowley, Richard Denning, Virginia Grey and Richard Reeves. 75 minutes. Black and white. / In this film, whose low budget is reflected in its appearance, ...

Molesworth, Vol

(1924-1964) Australian journalist and author, active in Fandom around the period of World War Two. His sf included two series: the Ape of God sequence, comprising Ape of God (1943 chap) and Monster at Large (1943 chap), which retells Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1818) in an Australian setting (see also Frankenstein Monster); plus ...

Cerasini, Marc A

(1952-    ) US author whose work of genre interest began with Robert E Howard (1987) with Charles E Hoffman, a reader's guide to that author; and whose subsequent work has consisted of Ties, beginning with Godzilla Returns (1996). AVP: Alien vs Predator (2004) novelizes the film AVP Alien vs Predator (2004). [JC]

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. He began to publish work of genre interest with an sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" in Triquarterly for Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959]; he began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and later in ...

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