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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 ...

Pauvert, Olivier

(?1973-    ) French pharmacist and author whose Near Future Dystopia, Noir (2005; trans Adriana Hunter 2008) depicts a France in which apartheid has been imposed, relegating nonwhites to segregated rural areas; the present-day protagonist arrives in this land by Timeslip as a kind of increasingly material ghost who seems to have suffered a ...


US Comic-book limited series (2004), published in three issues by the Vertigo imprint of DC Comics, later collected as a Graphic Novel (2005). Written by Grant {Morrison} and illustrated by Frank Quitely, the story follows three weaponized Cyborg animals – a dog, Cat and rabbit – as they escape from the military that ...

Beast with a Million Eyes, The

Film (1955; vt The Beast with 1,000,000 Eyes!). San Mateo Productions, American Releasing Corporation (see American International Pictures). Executive producers: James H Nicholson and Samuel Z Arkoff. Produced by David Kramarsky. Written by Tom Filer. Directed by Kramarsky and Roger Corman (uncredited). Cast includes Paul Birch, Dona Cole, Chester Conklin, Dick Sargent (credited as Richard ...

Hird, James Dennis

(1850-1920) UK author involved in nineteenth-century temperance movements and Christian socialism: he was Warden of Ruskin College in Oxford – a working-class college located in Oxford to underline some obvious points about the class-structure of British education – from its founding in 1899 until 1909. Toddle Island; Being the Diary of Lord Bottsford (1894) as by Lord Bottsford, is an Erewhonian Utopia set on an ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, Kenneth Bulmer, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its ...

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