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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 ...

Corston, George

(1932-    ) UK author of Aftermath (1968), an exceedingly grim vision of England after a nuclear Disaster that has driven what remains of the land into martial law and useless defiance of the inevitable; the protagonist, cursing his fate, dies of leukaemia. It is the case that, as with this title, surprisingly unconventional tales sometimes slipped into the Robert Hale Limited list, which ...

Barclay, Gabriel

A House Name used in 1940 for two stories in Astonishing Stories and Super Science Stories, one by Manly Wade Wellman and one by C M Kornbluth. [JC/PN]


Film (1997). Warner Bros presents a South Side Amusement Company production. Directed by Robert Zemeckis. Written by James V Hart and Michael Goldenberg, based on Contact (1985) by Carl Sagan and a story by Sagan & Ann Druyan. Cast includes William Fichtner, Jodie Foster, John Hurt, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Skerritt and James Woods. 150 minutes. Colour. / A radio astronomer (Foster) detects a signal ...

Anthony, Piers

Working name of US author Piers Anthony Dillingham Jacob (1934-    ) for all his published work. Born in England, he was educated in the USA and took out US citizenship in 1958, beginning to publish short stories with "Possible to Rue" for Fantastic in April 1963, and for the next decade appearing fairly frequently in the magazines, though he has more and more concentrated on longer forms; early work is fairly represented in Anthonology ...

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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