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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 ...

Cook, Kenneth

(1929-1987) Australian author of Play Little Victims (1978 chap), a Satire depicting a world inherited by rational Mice after 2000, who attempt to control mouse Overpopulation by literally applying texts left by an extinct humanity, on the apprehension that all human activities – including War, famine, genocide and the automobile – were introduced in order to ...

SF in the Classroom

In September 1953 Sam Moskowitz began to teach what was almost certainly the first sf course in the USA to be given through a college. The course was on Science Fiction Writing, was delivered on a non-credit basis through the City College of New York, and was presented with the collaboration of a popular-science writer, Robert Frazier (not to be confused with the sf poet Robert Frazier). For the Autumn 1953 sessions, ...


Although this term may be applied to imaginary worlds governed by the rules of ancient games like Chess, this encyclopedia chiefly applies it to worlds designed by the manufacturers of Games – almost always Role Playing Games (or Gamebooks) or computer Adventure games (see Videogame). In the case of RPGs the ...

Waidner, Isabel

(1974-    ) German-born academic, editor, journalist and author, in UK from 1995. Their first book of fiction, the novel Gaudy Bauble (2017), surreally fantasticates a pantomimic London which it would be inadvisable to call Near-Future, but which, as with the rest of their fiction, seems akin to the near future. Sterling Karat Gold (2021) is partly set in a fabulated Camden Town. ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...

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