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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 ...

Hulbert, Archer Butler

(1873-1933) US academic, historian and author, whose Lost World tale, The Queen of Quelparte: A Story of Russian Intrigue in the Far East (1904), is set on the eponymous Island between Japan and China, where intrigues invoking ancient ways are required to save the land from imperial predators. [JC]

BNA: Brand New Animal

Japanese animated tv series (2020). Original title Bī Enu Ē. Trigger. Directed by Yoh Yoshinari. Written by Kazuki Nakashima. Voice cast includes Yoshimasa Hosoya, Kaito Ishikawa, Sumire Morohoshi and Maria Naganawa. Twelve 23-minute episodes. Colour. / Earth is home to two human species (see Anthropology; Evolution), Homo sapiens and beastmen; ...

Finelli, Jen

(?   -    ) US medical doctor and author whose first novel, Becoming Hero (2017), stretches toward the Equipoisal in its depiction of a fictional Comic Superhero's attempt, once he escapes the book in which he is written, to beard his creator. She is of more direct sf interest for the Neodymium Chronicles sequence beginning with ...

Romero, George A

(1940-2017) US film-maker. A maverick working out of Pittsburgh rather than Hollywood, Romero changed the face of the Horror-movie genre with Night of the Living Dead (1968), an apocalyptic Zombie nightmare – its theme perhaps derived from Richard Matheson's I Am Legend (1954) – in which the dead inexplicably return to ...

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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