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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 ...

Usual Suspects, The

Film (1995). Polygram Entertainment and Spelling Films International present a Blue Parrott and Bad Hat Harry production. Directed by Bryan Singer. Written by Christopher McQuarrie. Cast includes Suzy Amis, Stephen Baldwin, Gabriel Byrne, Chazz Palminteri, Kevin Pollak, Pete Postlethwaite, Kevin Spacey and Benicio del Toro. Colour. 106 minutes. / A group of career criminals (see Crime and Punishment) struggles to ascertain the ...

Vetch, Thomas

Pseudonym of the unidentified UK author (?   -?   ) of The Amber City: Being Some Account of the Adventures of a Steam Crocodile in Central Africa (1888), a Jules-Verne-like excursion narrated by the protagonist, Thomas Vetch, who takes his flying ship into a mild-mannered African Lost World where people live in houses built of amber. [JC]

Hemyng, Bracebridge

(1841-1901) UK barrister and author, born Heming, best known in the USA for the Jack Harkaway boys' stories from 1871, plus many other Dime Novels, not all securely attributed to him. His sf novel, The Commune in London, or Thirty Years Hence: A Chapter of Anticipated History (1871 chap), is an anti-Communard version of the 1871 uprising in Paris as translated into a UK already deeply anxious about threatened upheavals and ...

Ford, Douglas Morey

(1851-1916) UK author whose Future War tale, A Time of Terror: The Story of a Great Revenge (A.D. 1910) (1906; vt A Time of Terror: The Story of a Great Revenge (A.D. 1912) 1908) as Anonymous, pits the anarchist League of London against the British government, the rioters' near victory aborted by the outbreak of war with Germany. In The Raid of Dover: A Romance of the Reign of Woman: A.D. 1940 (1910) as Anonymous, a ...

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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