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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 ...

Strike, Jeremy

Pseudonym of US author Thomas Edward Renn (1939-2000), author of an Space Opera, A Promising Planet (1970 dos), set on a potential colony planet whose reigning deity (see Religion) will have no truck with Imperialism. [JC]

Wing Commander

Videogame (1990). Origin Systems (OS). Designed by Chris Roberts. Platforms: DOS (1990); Amiga, SNES (1992); MegaCD (1994); rev vt Super Wing Commander, 3DO (1994); Mac (1995). / Wing Commander is a combat-based Space Sim, a descendant of Star Raiders (1979). The background is a Space Opera universe in ...

Captain Nemo and the Underwater City

Film (1969). Omnia/MGM. Directed by James Hill. Written by Pip and Jane Baker, R Wright Campbell, based on the character created by Jules Verne. Cast includes Chuck Connors, Nanette Newman, Luciana Paluzzi and Robert Ryan. 106 minutes. Colour. / Towards the end of the nineteenth century a ship sinks in a violent storm. A few survivors find themselves on board a mysterious underwater vessel, the Nautilus, under the command of the legendary ...

Haynes, Simon

(?   -    ) Australian author the Spacejock series of sf comedy adventures beginning with Hal Spacejock (2001; rev 2005), Hal Spacejock: Second Course (2003) and Hal Spacejock: Just Desserts (2004). The comic effects have, for some, been reminiscent of the British television series Red Dwarf (1988-current). [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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