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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 ...

Benoit, M D

(1957-    ) Canadian author whose Jack Meter sequence beginning with Metered Space: A Jack Meter Case File (2004) features a slightly cackhandedly hardboiled noir detective in a Near Future world where a propensity to attract Aliens with problems persuades him to make use of a Teleportation device (perhaps more simply a ...

Infinity Science Fiction

US Digest-size magazine. 20 issues November 1955 to November 1958, published by Royal Publications, edited by Larry T Shaw; irregular, with four months between some issues, one month between others. Infinity Science Fiction was one of the most interesting of the flood of new sf magazines in the early and mid-1950s. Its first issue featured Arthur C Clarke's ...

Costain, Meredith

(1955-    ) Australian author of a large number of books for children and Young Adult readers. Those few with any sf or fantastic content tend to be light-hearted; her attentions are focused elsewhere. [JC]

Kirk, Laurence

Pseudonym of Scottish naval officer and author Eric Andrew Simson (1895-1956), who was in active service during World War One and also published under his own name. His fiction as Kirk includes one sf novel, The Gale of the World (1948), set in a Near Future England where a scientific Discovery threatens the stability of the world. [JC]

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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