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A prolific author and collector of sci-fi and techno-thrillers (his novels included The Glass Inferno, which was adapted for the screen as the megahit The Towering Inferno), and a former editor at Playboy magazine, he was a behind-the-scenes member of the gay liberation movement in Chicago in the early 1970s before relocating to San Francisco, where he made his most important mark: writing speeches for, and advising, gay activist Harvey Milk.
In 2008, I wrote a Reader feature about Frank when the Oscar-winning film Milk—for which Frank served as an adviser and in which he had a cameo appearance—was released. I was proud to host a Q&A with him at Gerber/Hart Library in 2009, the year he was inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame.
Frank's obituary is up on Locus Online, the website for Locus magazine, a science fiction/fantasy magazine.