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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 ...

Oshikawa Shunrō

Pseudonym of Japanese author Masa'ari Oshikawa (1876-1914), whose Young Adult tales of aristocratic heroes, oceanic Robinsonades and plucky inventors were a crucial element of the Japanese zeitgeist in the Edwardian era. / Oshikawa's stories were leavened with speculative machinery, soaring martial fervour, and a sense of Japan's manifest destiny (see Imperialism). His ...

Mind Snatchers, The

Film (1972; vt The Happiness Cage; vt The Demon Within). International Film Ventures, Ltd. Directed by Bernard Girard. Written by Dennis Reardon and Ron Whyte, based on Reardon's play The Happiness Cage. Cast includes Joss Ackland, Ronny Cox, Ralph Meeker, Birthe Neumann and Christopher Walken. 94 minutes. Colour. / US Army private James H Reese (Walken) has an altercation with guests at a party given by his girlfriend Lisa (Neumann) which ultimately results in ...

Rocky Jones, Space Ranger

American tv series (1954). Syndicated. Produced by Roland D Reed. Directed by Hollingsworth Morse. Written by Fritz Blocki, Carl K Hittleman, Arthur Hoerl, Marianne Mosner and Warren Wilson. Cast includes Scotty Beckett, Maurice Cass, Richard Crane, Robert Lyden, Jimmy Lydon, Sally Mansfield, Charles Meredith, Patsy Parsons and Reginald Sheffield. 39 30-minute episodes. Black and white. / Rocky Jones (Crane), commander of the Spaceship the ...

Nelson, Ray Faraday

Working name of US author Radell Faraday Nelson (1931-2022), who also wrote as R F Nelson and R Faraday Nelson, sex books as M R N Elson ("Mr Nelson"), and once under the House Name Jeffrey Lord. He was active in both sf and detective genres, beginning to publish sf with "Turn off the Sky" in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction for August 1963. His short story "Eight O'Clock in the Morning" ...

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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