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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 ...

Slade, Arthur

(1967-    ) Canadian author whose earlier work – notably the Northern Frights sequence beginning with Draugr (1998) – deployed various horror and Horror in SF tropes in a Canadian context. Of sf interest is the Hunchback Assignments sequence beginning with The Hunchback Assignments (2009), a series of Young Adult Steampunk ...

Genius Party

A two-volume Japanese Original Video Animation (OVA) anthology series produced by Studio 4°C, who also created the Sweat Punch OVA anthology. The director/writer is shown in brackets after each segment title. / 1. Genius Party (2007). / Comprising seven short films, 102 minutes in total. Colour. / Genius Party (Atsuko Fukushima). In a strange desert a shaman in bird guise interacts with egg-shaped skulls. After some ...

Champsaur, Félicien

(1858-1934) French author, mostly of heated romances, who began to publish work of genre interest with an Apes as Human tale, "La Légende du singe" ["The Legend of the Ape"], for La Jeune France in 1878; with another tale, "Le dernier homme" ["The Last Man"] (see Last Man), it was assembled as Les Deux singes ["The Two Apes"] (coll 1885). The collection was included with ...


Film (1979). Twentieth Century Fox. Directed by Ridley Scott. Written be Dan O'Bannon, from a story by O'Bannon and Ronald Shusett, with uncredited input from producers Walter Hill and David Giler. Alien design H R Giger; concept artist Ron Cobb; human spacesuit and uniform design Jean Giraud (uncredited). Cast includes Veronica Cartwright, Ian Holm, John Hurt, ...

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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