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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 ...

Kreighbaum, Mark

(?   -    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Field of Honor" for Midnight Zoo vol 2 #3 in 1992; in his Planetary Romance sequence The Pinch – comprising Palace: A Novel of the Pinch (1996) with Katharine Kerr and The Eyes of God: A Novel of the Pinch (1998) – the planet known as Palace is the focus of ...

McKinty, Adrian

(1968-    ) Northern Irish author, best known for crime novels, in particular the Sean Duffy sequence beginning with The Cold, Cold Ground (2012), set in Northern Ireland during the Troubles [this series not listed below]. He is of sf interest for his Young Adult Lighthouse Trilogy beginning with The Lighthouse Land (2006), whose teenage protagonist discovers that the Island ...

Star Trek: Nemesis

Film (2002). Paramount. Directed by Stuart Baird. Written by John Logan; story Rick Berman & Spiner & Logan. Cast includes LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, Jonathan Frakes, Tom Hardy, Gates McFadden, Dina Meyer, Ron Perlman, Marina Sirtis, Brent Spiner and Patrick Stewart. 116 minutes. Colour. / A youthful but physically and morally damaged clone (Hardy) of Enterprise commander Picard establishes himself as a warlord on Romulan sibling-world ...

Finlay, Iain

(1935-    ) Australian journalist and author whose sf novel, The Azanian Assignment (1978), is set in a Near Future South Africa weakened by guerrilla assaults, seemingly from Tanzania; the end of apartheid clearly looms. [JC]

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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