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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 ...

Broom Lynne, James

(1916-1995) UK painter, designer, illustrator, teacher and author, sometimes using the original hyphenated form of his surname, Broom-Lynne; he also wrote as by James Quartermain. Almost all his fiction is nonfantastic, with the exception of Drag Hunt (1969), set in a Satirized Dystopian Near Future where violence is encouraged as a social pacifier, and – as in other sf extrapolations ...

West, Wallace

(1900-1980) US lawyer, author, public-relations man and pollution-control expert who began publishing short stories with "Loup-Garou" in Weird Tales for October 1927 and sf with "The Last Man" in Amazing from February 1929, thereafter appearing fairly regularly in the magazines until the late 1960s. His stories, though unpretentiously told, exhibit a level-headed cognitive vigour that keeps even his early work from dating. Some of his ...

12:01 PM

1. Short US film (1991). Chanticleer Films. Directed by Jonathan Heap. Written by Heap and Stephen Tolkin, based on the story "12:01 PM" (December 1973 F&SF) by Richard A Lupoff. Cast includes Jane Alden, Don Amendolia and Kurtwood Smith. 25 minutes. Colour. / A brief Time Loop film in which Myron Castleman (Smith) finds himself constantly reliving the same 59 minutes of his life. ...

By Dawn's Early Light

US made-for-tv film (1990). HBO Original Films. Directed by Jack Sholder. Written by Bruce Gilbert from the novel Trinity's Child (1983) by William Prochnau. Cast includes Powers Boothe, Rebecca De Mornay (as Rebecca DeMornay), James Earl Jones, Martin Landau, Darren McGavin and Rip Torn. 100 minutes. Colour. / This was one of the last nuclear-war films of the Cold War era, and deals with an ...

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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