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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 ...

Bolton, Johanna M

(1943-    ) US teacher and author whose first novel, The Alien Within (1988), carries its revenge-seeking female protagonist through a crumbling Galactic Federation, introducing her to a variety of Alien empires. Bolton's second novel, Mission: Tori (1990), also featuring a bereaved female protagonist, addresses but does not solve the mysteries surrounding the mineral-rich and much desired planet of Tori. Both book are ...

Rankin, Ian

(1960-    ) Scottish author active from the early 1980s, very much best known for his long Inspector Rebus sequence of policiers set in Edinburgh, beginning with Knots & Crosses (1987); the series is entirely nonfantastic, and is not listed below. His first novel, The Flood (1986), makes tentative occult connections between a gypsy girl and the eponymous Disaster, but they remain inexplicit. ...

Schulman, Audrey

(1963-    ) Canadian author whose sixth novel, the Near Future Theory of Bastards (2018), focuses primarily on a speculative study, and complex intercourse with, a family of bonobos (see Apes as Human; Biology; Zoo) caged in a research institute; the free-form non-agonistic Sex enjoyed by these "animals" provides a model ...

Bischoff, David F

(1951-2018) US author who began publishing sf with "The Sky's an Oyster; The Stars are Pearls" for Perry Rhodan #66 in March 1975, and who quickly established himself as a versatile and adaptable novelist, though his practice of working in collaboration tended unfairly to muffle any sense that he had, in his own right, either a distinctive style or concerns which could be thought of as personal. His first novel, The Seeker (1976) with Chris ...

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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