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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 ...

Perry Rhodan

German sf series, weekly, published by Verlagsunion Pabel Moewig (formerly Moewig-Verlag). Created by Walter Ernsting (who writes for the series as Clark Darlton) and Karl-Herbert Scheer, Perry Rhodan began in 1961 and is still current: at the end of 2011 about 2600 short volumes describing Perry Rhodan's (and many others') adventures and mankind's destiny had been published, a record quite without precedent in sf. The ...

Giant Gila Monster, The

Film (1959). Hollywood Pictures Corporation/McLendon-Radio Pictures Distributing Company. Produced by Ken Curtis. Directed by Ray Kellogg. Written by Jay Simms from an original story by Kellogg. Cast includes George "Shug" Fisher, Fred Graham, Cecil Hunt, Lisa Simone, Janice Stone, Don Sullivan and Bob Thompson. Gay McLendon. 74 minutes. Black and white. / As the film begins, two teenage lovers are attacked and killed by the titular Monster in their ...


US animated tv series (2019-2022). Disney Television Animation (see Disney on Television). Creator and Executive Producer Matt Braly. Directors include Joseph D Johnston, Derek Kirk Kim, Kyler Spears, Jennifer Strickland and Bert Youn. Writers include Matt Braly, Michele Cavin, Adam Colás, Todd Michael McClintock, Jenava Mie, Gloria Shen and Jack Ferraiolo. Voice cast includes Anna Akana, Troy Baker, Jill Bartlett, Keith David, Bill ...

Grimwood, Jon Courtenay

Working name of Jonathan David Giles Courtenay Grimwood (1953-    ), Malta-born author who has been peripatetic though he was educated and is now resident in the UK; he has also written nonfantastic literary fiction as Jonathan Grimwood, crime thrillers as Jack Grimwood, and has adopted Courtenay Grimwood rather than the original Grimwood as his surname for at least some official purposes. After several nonfiction books in the 1980s, beginning with ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...

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