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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 ...

Keith, Andrew

(1958-1999) US Games creator and author, brother of William H Keith Jr, with whom he collaborated on the Freedom's Rangers Military SF sequence, beginning with Freedom's Rangers (1989) and ending with Freedom's Rangers: Snow Kill (1991), both writing together as by Keith William Andrews; in each tale, the Rangers intervene through ...

Smith, W T F

(?   -?   ) US medical doctor, journalist and author of the lightly fictionalized The Trust Trusted (1906), apparently written as early as 1904, in which a new American president helps transform his land into a Utopia with common ownership of capital. [JC]


Film (2001). Dimension Films presents a Marty Katz production in association with Mojo Films. Directed by Gary Fleder. Adaptation by Scott Rosenberg, based on "Imposter" (June 1953 Astounding) by Philip K Dick; screenplay by Caroline Case and Ehren Kruger and David Twohy. Cast includes Vincent d'Onofrio, Mekhi Phifer, Tony Shalhoub, Gary Sinise and Madeleine Stowe. Original short version (without ...

Schweigende Stern, Der

["The Silent Star"] Film (1960; vt Raumschiff Venus Antwortet Nicht; The Silent Star; First Spaceship on Venus, 1962 US; Planet of the Dead; The Astronauts; The Silent Star, 2004; Spaceship Venus Does Not Reply). Deutsche Film. Directed by Kurt Maetzig. Written by Jan Fethke, Wolfgang Kohlhaase, Kurt Maetzig, Günter Reisch, Günther Rucker, Alexander Stenbock-Fermor, and J Barkhauer (uncredited), based on the novel ...

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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