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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 ...

Voss Bark, Conrad

(1913-2000) UK journalist and author, a well-known parliamentary correspondent for the BBC; most of his fiction was nonfantastic, including the William Holmes thrillers about a troubleshooter for the British government [not listed]. His first novel, Sealed Entrance (1947) as C Voss-Bark, is a Lost Race tale set in the hinterlands of Albania. The Big Wave: The Day London Collapsed (1979) is set in ...

Cochrane, William E

(1926-1993) US author who began publishing sf with "How High on the Ladder?" for Fantasy Book #7 in 1950, writing as Leo Paige. As S Kye Boult from 1971 – a name inspired by his work for Douglas Aircraft on the Skybolt air-to-air missile – and also under his own name from 1973, he began to publish in Analog the hard-edged sf adventures, like "Whalekiller Grey" (October 1973 Analog), for which he ...

Lapierre, Dominique

(1931-2022) French author who collaborated with Larry Collins on several thrillers including the Near Future The Fifth Horseman (1980), in which Colonel Quaddafi of Libya blackmails New York with the threat of a nuclear bomb hidden in that City. [DRL]

Tyers, Kathy

Working name of US author Kathleen Moore Tyers (1952-    ). She began writing with her Firebird sequence, Firebird (1987; rev 1999) and Fusion Fire (1988; rev 2000), set in a Planetary Romance venue replete with colourful planetary cultures, a matriarchy suffering internecine dynastic conflicts, an overarching Federation, space Invasions, palace politics and ...

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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