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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 ...

Hamilton, Bernard

(1863-1930) UK barrister and author; father of Patrick Hamilton, who created several characters in several novels who reflected his spendthrift flamboyance and alcoholism. Hamilton's one work of any sf interest is The Light?: A Romance (1898), a heavily plotted tale set mostly in Ancient Egypt and partly, via obscurely explained Reincarnations, around 1870; ...

Artemis 81

Made-for-tv film (1981). BBC TV. Directed by Alastair Reid. Written by David Rudkin. Cast includes Hywel Bennett, Roland Curram, Dan O'Herlihy, Ian Redford, Dinah Stabb, Sting and Margaret Whiting. 181 minutes. Colour. / On another planet, the Manichean Alien angels Asrael (Curram) and Helith (Sting) vie over the fate of the human race. Evil Asrael travels to Earth and forces the cursed organist Albrecht von Drachenfels (O'Herlihy) to distribute pieces of a ...

AE – The Canadian Science Fiction Review

Canadian professional Online Magazine, originally downloadable in various formats but now only available online. It was published quarterly from Winter (October) 20100 until Summer 2016 when it went into hiatus. It was revived in 2019 as a cumulative Webzine. Co-founded and edited by D F McCourt with Editorial Director Helen Michaud, Toronto. AE – the title is taken from the initials of the ...

Zola, Émile

(1840-1902) French author whose long and intense Rougon-Macquart sequence of Naturalist novels (1871-1893) includes tales like Nana (1880; trans E A Vizetelly 1884), for which he was once notorious. Zola is of sf interest for Vérité (1903 2vols; trans E A Vizetelly as Truth 1903), the third instalment of his unfinished Les Quatre Évangiles ["The Four Evangelists"] quartet, which was planned to espouse a kind of ...

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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