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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 ...

Serenity

Film (2005). Universal Pictures. Written and directed by Joss Whedon. Cast includes Morena Baccarin, Adam Baldwin, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nathan Fillion, Ron Glass, Summer Glau, David Krumholtz, Sean Maher, Jewel Staite, Gina Torres and Alan Tudyk. 114 minutes. Colour. / An Alliance assassin (Ejiofor) pursues the Serenity Spaceship crew's damaged psychic River Tam (Glau) to prevent the dissemination of a fearsome ...

Lee Tung

(?   -    ) Indian author whose interesting sf novel, The Wind Obeys Lama Toru (1967), is a complex story about Overpopulation in which fertility and sterility Drugs act and counteract, driving the population up and down disastrously until the year 2175. [JC]

Oliver, Owen

Pseudonym of UK civil servant and author Joshua Albert Flynn (1863-1933), active in various genres, publishing prolifically in magazines, always as by Owen Oliver, from before the end of the nineteenth century; his books, including at least two novels, were nonfantastic. During his lifetime, his work of genre interest was published solely in magazines, the first of these perhaps being "The Man Who Could Not Forget" (10 October 1902 The London Magazine); many later tales appeared in ...

Root, Albert

(1891-1990) US poultry farmer and author; his sf novel is Tomorrow's Harvest; or, Death Takes a Holiday (New York: Vantage Press, 1967), described by the author as "God-inspired" (see Religion). [JC/DRL]

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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