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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 ...

Poetry

The past century or so, as the SF Megatext began to form, was a period not markedly friendly to narrative verse in general, and good sf narratives in verse during this period are unsurprisingly not often found. Examples of lyric sf poetry – short poems in which sf tropes and topoi expectably uncover the state of mind of the poet – are much more common, though few of these rank very high in the literatures of the West. When identifiable sf "moves" can ...

Parasyte -the maxim-

Japanese animated tv series (2014-2015). Original title Kiseijû: Sei no kakuritsu. Based on the Manga by Hitoshi Iwaaki. Madhouse. Written by Shinzô Fujita, Hitoshi Iwaaki and Shôji Yonemura. Directed by Kenichi Shimizu. Voice cast includes Aya Hirano, Nobunaga Shimazaki, Atsuko Tanaka and Makoto Yasumura. 24 24-minute episodes. Colour. / A wormlike ...

Kiernan, Stephen P

(1960-    ) US journalist, editor and author whose first book, Last Rights: Rescuing the End of Life from the Medical System (2006), eloquently presents the case adumbrated in its subtitle, demanding that doctors and legislators arouse themselves to face some genuinely difficult issues. His interest in the end (and ends) of life is reflected in his sf novel, The Curiosity (2013), a Sleeper Awakes whose central ...

Westall, William

(1835-1903) UK author and journalist, resident for much of his life in Switzerland, where he served as foreign correspondent for The Times of London; he also travelled in South America and elsewhere. The explorer protagonist of The Phantom City: A Volcanic Romance (1886) travels by Balloon to a Lost-World race of Incans hidden in a Guatemalan volcano, where they maintain a pre-Conquest level of civilization. ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. He began to publish work of genre interest with an sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" in Triquarterly for Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959]; he began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and later in ...



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