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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 ...

Mystery of the Third Planet

Russian animated film (1982; vt The Secret of the Third Planet; vt Alice and the Mystery of the Third Planet). Original title Tayna tretyey planety. Based on the novel Puteshestviye Alisy ["Alice's Travels"] (in Devotchka S Zemli omni 1974; vt Alisa's Travels) by Kir Bulychev. Soyuzmultfilm. Directed by Roman Kachanov. Written by Kir Bulychev. Voice cast includes Vladimir Druzhnikov, Nikolai Grabbe, Olga ...

Smith, Evelyn E

(1922-2000) US crossword-puzzle compiler and author, who wrote at least five gothic romances as by Delphine C Lyons, some of which were supernatural; she began publishing sf with "Tea Tray in the Sky" in Galaxy for September 1952, and for about a decade published actively in the magazines; after about 1960 she appeared there only infrequently. For her crossword story "BAXBR/DAXBR" (in Time to Come, anth 1954, ed August ...

Shuttered Room, The

Film (1967; vt Blood Island). Warner Brothers/Seven-Arts Productions, Ltd. (US),Warner-Pathe' (UK). Produced by Phillip Hazelton. Directed by David Greene. Written by D B Ledrov and Nathaniel Tanchuck based on the title story by August Derleth and H P Lovecraft in The Shuttered Room and Other Pieces (coll 1959). Costumes designed by Caroline Mott. Cast includes Carol Lynley, Oliver Reed, Flora ...

Stadler, Matthew

(1959-    ) US author, most of whose work is nonfiction comprising attempts – some modestly persuasive – to reconcile the postmodern consciousness of enlightened citizens of the world with the planetary spread or sprawl of the city over the past century. In Where We Live Now (coll), where he embraces (to a degree) the concept of the Zwischenstadt ["in-between city"] espoused by Thomas Sieverts (1934-    ) in 1997. Something of this ...

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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