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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 ...

Berliner, Janet

(1939-2012) South African-born author and editor, in the US from the mid-1960s, who began to publish work of genre interest with "Negwenya" as Janet Gluckman in Dragons of Darkness (anth 1981); this is an advance excerpt from her first novel Rite of the Dragon (1981) as Janet Gluckman, a Horror-slanted thriller featuring ancient witchcraft and modern terrorism in a South African setting. The Madagascar Manifesto trilogy ...

Science Fantasy News

UK Fanzine (1949-1960) edited by A Vincent Clarke and "sub-editor" Kenneth Bulmer. Fifteen issues from #1 (January 1949, dated Winter 1948) to #16 (June 1960) – there was no #6 – plus four interim issues titled SFN Minor (all 1949) and separately numbered, and some other addenda. The format varied from half-foolscap (#1-#4) to UK quarto (#5, #13-#16) to full foolscap (#9-#12); all ...

Escargots, Les

["The Snails"] French animated film (1966). Société des Film d'Art et de Culture. Directed by René Laloux. Written by Roland Topor and René Laloux. Colour. 11 mins. / This excellent, wordless short is in a very different style to Laloux and Topor's feature-length collaboration, La Planète Sauvage (1973). A farmer is unable to make his crops grow until he discovers he ...

Day, Oscar F G

(1860-1949) US journalist, song-writer and author of a Lost Race novel, The Devil's Gold: The Story of a Forgotten Race (1892), in which a vast statue of Satan cast in virgin gold is found under the mountains of Oregon; its discovery exposes an anti-Feminist pastoral society flourishing in a hidden valley, which is helped to survive through strict limits on population growth. [JC]

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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