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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 ...

Reed, Kit

(1932-2017) US author – her name was legally changed from Lilian Craig Reed – as well known for her work outside sf and fantasy as for her prolific output within the water margins of modern Fantastika. Her fluency among the modes of the modern was remarkable [all her titles are therefore given in the Checklist below]. She wrote one horror novel, Blood Fever (1986), as by Shelley Hyde, and three detections – Gone ...

Cruso, Solomon

(1887-1977) US realtor, financier and author; at the end of the 1920s he seems to have been involved in a Ponzi scheme which soon collapsed. He wrote three sf novels told in terms of a Future History perspective some centuries hence, but all disfigured to modern taste through the intense racism of the narrative. In The Last of the Japs and the Jews (1933), a moderately Near Future world war climaxes in 1987 ...

Alien³

Film (1992). A Brandywine Production/Twentieth Century Fox. Directed by David Fincher. Written by David Giler, Walter Hill, Larry Ferguson, based on a story by Vincent Ward. Cast includes Charles Dance, Charles S Dutton, Brian Glover, Lance Henriksen, Paul McGann and Sigourney Weaver. 110 minutes. Colour. / One of Hollywood's occasional, strange films so unmitigatedly uncommercial that it is impossible to work out why they were ever made. The film had an unusually troubled ...

Horler, Sydney

(1888-1954) UK journalist – active from about 1905 – and author, most of whose 150 novels are thrillers, all of them published between 1916 and 1955. Some of these tales incorporate sf elements in the form of fantastic Inventions and/or McGuffins, as for instance in the early Curse of Doone (1928), in which a German spy impersonates a vampire who might in fact exist, while simultaneously an sf ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, Kenneth Bulmer, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its ...



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