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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 ...

Oshii Mamoru

(1951-    ) Japanese director, scriptwriter, animator and author. Joining Tatsunoko Productions in 1977 as an Anime storyboard artist, Oshii worked on such shows as Time Bokan (1975-1976; vt Timefighters; vt Timefighters in the Land of Fantasy; 61 episodes) about the search for a Scientist lost whilst testing his insect-shaped ...

Secret Empire, The

US television series (1979). MCA/Universal Pictures/Universal Television. Created by Kenneth Johnson. Produced by Richard Milton. Directors included Joseph Pevney, Nick Havinga, Tony Lo Bianco. Writers included Johnson, Gene R Kearny, Jeri Taylor, Nona Tyson. Cast includes Peter Breck, Pamela Brull, Stefanie Kramer, Mark Lenard, Diane Markoff, David Opatshu, Geoffrey Scott and Charlene Watkins. Twelve 20-minute episodes (only ten released). Black and ...

Masters, Anthony

(1940-2003) UK educator and author, active from about 1964; he was a prolific author of biographies; his eleven novels for adults are nonfantastic. Relatively early in his career, writing as Richard Tate, he published some deliberately exorbitant shockers, of which The Dead Travel Fast (1971) is of interest for its transgressive invasion of Dracula territory via a series of vampirish murders on a film set. Red Ice (1986) with Nicholas Barker is a ...

Irvine, Leigh H

(1863-1942) US journalist, editor and author, most prominently of several nonfiction books on California; of sf interest are An Affair in the South Seas: A Story of Romantic Adventure (1901), in which a drifter tells of his life in a Utopian colony, an Island where intermarriage and democracy flourish; and Legends of the Ozorans: Or, Love Tales of Long Ago (coll 1931 chap), which describes a ...

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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