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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 ...

Cabet, Étienne

(1788-1856) French lawyer, philosopher, utopian socialist and author, best known for the narrative Utopia, Voyage et Aventures de Lord Villiam Carisdall en Icarie (1839 2vols; vt Voyage en Icarie: roman philosophique et social 1842; trans Leslie J Roberts as Travels in Icaria 2003) [for more details see Checklist below]. The eponymous Lord Carisdall, a member of the British nobility, travels by ship (the journey takes four ...

Maxwell, Edward

Pseudonym of the Canadian author, playwright and scriptwriter Ted Allan (1916-1995), who was born Allan Herman and adopted this working name in the 1930s; he was in the UK approximately 1940-1970. The protagonist of his Time Travel tale, Quest for Pajaro (1957), travels twenty years into the future but, on his journey back, falls in love; doom threatens successfully. [JC]

Enemy Mine

Film (1985). Kings Road Entertainment/Twentieth Century Fox. Directed by Wolfgang Petersen. Written by Edward Khmara, based on Enemy Mine (September 1979 Asimov's; 1989 chap dos) by Barry B Longyear. Cast includes Louis Gossett Jr and Dennis Quaid. 108 minutes, cut to 93 minutes. Colour. / During a space battle between humans and the reptilian (and hermaphroditic) Dracs, two pilots, one from each ...

Gibbons, Stella

(1902-1989) UK journalist and author whose best-known novel, Cold Comfort Farm (1932), is set in a moderately explicit Near Future, sometime after the 1946 Anglo-Nicaraguan War, when videophones and private airplanes are common. The story itself, a savagely comic Parody of epiphany-choked rural novels as written by D H Lawrence (1885-1930) and in particular Mary Webb (1881-1927) with Precious Bane (1924), ...

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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