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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 ...

Editorial Practices: Chinese and Japanese Names

China / Chinese names are given in the traditional order, with surname first; we do not use commas to separate surnames from "first" names in Chinese entry titles because the surname naturally occurs at the front. Romanization is standard Pinyin, without tone marks, which this encyclopedia employs not only for figures from the People's Republic of China, but also from Taiwan, Singapore and the Chinese diaspora. Hence, the likes of ...


1. Magazine. See Yugoslavia. / 2. Australian critical Semiprozine, subtitled "The Australian Magazine for readers of science fiction, fantasy and the macabre". Announced as quarterly but slightly irregular, test issue #0 September 1992, #1 March 1993, seven full issues to March 1995, A4 format, saddle-stapled, edited by Garry Wyatt from Canberra, pub Gaslight Books Publications. Sirius contains critical ...

Mayer, Douglas W F

(1919-1976) UK fan, essayist and editor associated with the Leeds-based Science Fiction Association (SFA) in the late 1930s. Under the auspices of the SFA he edited the early Fanzine Tomorrow (seven issues, Spring 1937 to Autumn 1938); the three 1937-1938 issues of the Amateur Magazine Amateur Science Stories (which see), most noted for publishing ...

Bradford, J S

(?   -?   ) UK author of Even a Worm (1936), a novel similar in content to Arthur Machen's The Terror: A Fantasy (1917; rev 1927): the animal kingdom revolts against humanity's rule. What merit it has is diminished by the concluding Clichéd rationalization of the story as being just a game-hunter's nightmare. [JE]

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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