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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 ...

Bettersworth, Alexander Pitts

(1830-1903) US author whose anonymous The Strange Ms by _______ MD (1883) presents a manuscript, seemingly composed in 1881, which predicts a worldwide Disaster in a very Near Future 1884, when a Comet strikes the earth, creating vast fire storms, shifting the world's axis, melting the polar ice, eliminating almost all humans. A few survivors trek north to Canada, where they hope to mate and ...


US Comic-book series by writer Warren Ellis and artist John Cassaday, published by Wildstorm Comics (which later became an imprint of DC Comics). The series ran for 27 issues and was published sporadically from April 1999 to October 2009. Three additional issues outside the main series, one of which crossed over with Batman, were also published in 2000, 2002 and 2003; two of these were drawn by other artists. / ...

Unknown Worlds of Science Fiction

Black-and-white Comics-format magazine issued in 1975 by Marvel Comics through Magazine Management, which owned the company at the time. Unknown Worlds of Science Fiction was a high-quality production created by Roy Thomas and considered to be a continuation of his previous colour sf anthology comic, Worlds Unknown. The successor publication was equally short-lived, seeing only six issues ...

Prometheus Award

An Award presented for sf which is at least nominally Libertarian or attempts to "examine the meaning of freedom". It was inaugurated by L Neil Smith in 1979 and relaunched by the newly formed Libertarian Futurist Society in 1982, since when the presentations have been annual. The trophy takes the form of a gold coin "representing free trade and free minds". Prometheus Hall of Fame awards are also ...

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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