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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 ...

When the Wind Blows

Animated film (1986). Meltdown Productions. Directed by Jimmy T Murakami. Written by Raymond Briggs, based on his own When the Wind Blows (graph 1982). Cast includes John Mills and Peggy Ashcroft. 84 minutes. Colour. / Before turning his bestselling Graphic Novel into a screenplay, Briggs made a Radio adaption, with the unfortunate effect that When the Wind Blows is ...

Slauerhoff, Jan

(1898-1936) Dutch poet and author, who spent much of his adult life as a ship's doctor in exotic climes, and whose two published novels treat China as a symbolic and fantastical creation. Het verboden rijk (November 1931-September 1932 Forum; 1932; trans Paul Vincent as The Forbidden Kingdom, 2012) haunts a contemporary Irish wanderer with the memories and experience of the Portuguese poet Luis de Camoes (1524-1580), retracing Camoes' journey in China with a ...

Matsuo Yumi

(1960-    ) Japanese author of sf and detective fiction, a graduate in English Literature from Ochanomizu Women's College, whose debut came with "Camera Eye" (April 1988 Shōsetsu Kisō Tengai, English title sic). Her first stories were published when she was still working as one of the low-ranking, decorative corporate secretaries known as OL ["Office Ladies"]. Much of her subsequent fiction has demonstrated a dynamic interest ...

Kelly, John

(?   -?   ) South African author of a Future War tale, The Coming Revolt of the Transvaal (1891 chap), in which England invades South Africa in 1894. [JC]

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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