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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 ...

Rubens, Michael

(?   -    ) US author of The Sheriff of Yrnameer (2009), a spoofish Satire of late modern capitalism in a Planetary Romance venue, the eponymous planet, pronounced Your Name Here, being the only unbranded world in human space: for the self-commodification of Homo sapiens has reached something like saturation point. Yrnameer is a pastoral Utopia, ...

Dennō Coil

["Cyber Coil"] Japanese animated tv series (2007). Madhouse, NHK-E. Directed by Mitsuo Iso. Written by Toshiki Inoue. Cast includes Fumiko Orikasa. 26 episodes of 25 minutes. Colour. / In the year 2026, schoolgirl Yūko Okonogi (Orikasa) moves with her family to Daikoku, a city with a hybrid function as both a real-world conurbation and a manifestation of the Internet. Residents of Daikoku can ...

Blade Runner

Film (1982). Blade Runner Partnership-Ladd Co.-Sir Run Run Shaw/Warner. Directed by Ridley Scott. Written by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples, based on Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968) by Philip K Dick. Cast includes Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah, Rutger Hauer, William Sanderson and Sean Young. 113-117 minutes, depending on version. Colour. / In a future Los Angeles (see ...

Quinn, Gerard A

(1927-2015) Northern Irish illustrator, at times credited in error as Gerald Quinn. Sometimes described as one of the "grand old men" (with Brian Lewis) of British sf art in the 1950s, the self-trained Quinn entered the field by successfully submitting his work to editor John Carnell, who then hired him to do numerous covers and interior illustrations for the magazines he was editing, New Worlds and ...

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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