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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 ...

Being John Malkovich

Film (1999). Gramercy Pictures presents a Propaganda Films/Single Cell Pictures production. Directed by Spike Jonze. Written by Charlie Kaufman. Cast includes John Cusack, Cameron Diaz, Catherine Keener and John Malkovich. 112 minutes. Colour. / A professionally thwarted puppeteer (Cusack) takes a job in an idiosyncratic office where he discovers a portal which gives fifteen-minute access into the head of a real-life actor, John Malkovich ...

Bermúdez Castillo, Gabriel

(1934-2019) Spanish solicitor and author, a pioneer in introducing local references, themes and characters into Spanish science fiction, highly influenced by Anglo-Saxon sf in the fifties and sixties. He published nine novels, three collections and more than twenty short stories and novellas, some considered classics of Spanish sf and repeatedly reprinted. He also used the pseudonym Gael Benjamín. / Bermúdez Castillo began writing stories in ...

Cook, Glen

(1944-    ) US author who began his sf career with orthodox stories like his first, "Song from a Forgotten Hill" for Clarion (anth 1971), edited by Robin Scott Wilson, and with the sf novel The Heirs of Babylon (1972), in which an authoritarian religious government takes over in the Post-Holocaust era. However, he soon became best known for his high ...

Warhola, James

(1955-    ) American artist, nephew of artist Andy Warhol. After obtaining a BFA from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1977, he moved to New York to pursue work as a commercial artist. He began his career in sf art with a clever cover for a 1982 edition of Philip José Farmer's The Book of Philip José Farmer (coll 1973), showing the author typing on Mars with Edgar Rice ...

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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