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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 ...

Johnson, Samuel

(1709-1784) UK poet, critic, playwright, lexicographer and author of one novel, The Prince of Abissinia: A Tale (1759; rev 1759; vt The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia: An Asiatic Tale 1768; vt The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia: A Tale 1787), written to pay for his mother's funeral (he got £100 – a large sum – for the first printing). The profusion of vts above comes from our normal practice of citing title ...

Noon, Jeff

(1957-    ) UK author whose first publications as an sf writer comprise the Vurt sequence comprising Vurt (1993; exp as coll 2013), Pollen (1995), Automated Alice (1996) and Nymphomation (1997), all set in various versions of a Near-Future Manchester irradiated by Cyberpunk marriages of the human and non-human, all tales being told in a ...

Ford, Mary H

(1856-1937) US lecturer and author, active from the early 1880s; most of her books were explorations in spiritualism and Religion, and she was instrumental in establishing the Bahá'í faith in America. She is primarily of sf interest for a short fiction, "A Feminine Iconoclast" (November 1889 The Nationalist), an early response to Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward (1888). It was published in a ...

Burt, Andrew

(?   -    ) US editor, publisher, academic and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "A Sailor on the Sea of Humanity" in Keen Science Fiction for July 1996. His first novel, Noontide Night: A Y2K Novel (1999), is set in a very Near Future world where the feared Y2K Disaster of 2000, when Computers and the ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. He began to publish work of genre interest with an sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" in Triquarterly for Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959]; he began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and later in ...



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