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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 ...

Conly, Jane Leslie

(1948-    ) US author, daughter of Robert C O'Brien; her first work comprised a two-part continuation of her father's Mrs Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (1971) with Rasco and the Rats of NIMH (1986) and R. T., Margaret, and the Rats of NIMH (1991), carrying the story of the race of intelligent, articulate, laboratory Rats into new territories: first a rural setting where the ...

Block, Bob

(1921-2011) UK scriptwriter, mostly for BBC radio and television, from as early as 1954 with scripts for Life with the Lyons in both mediums; he created and scripted one series, Robert's Robots (1973); and has novelized some of his other scripts of genre interest, including more than one for Rentaghost (1976), as well as Galloping Galaxies! (1987), which adapts scripts from Galloping Galaxies! (1985), a spoof space series derivative ...

GigaNotoSaurus

US monthly downloadable Online Magazine produced since November 2010, initially by Ann Leckie, St Louis, Missouri; subsequent editors were Rashida J Smith from October 2013, Elora Gatts from December 2018, and LaShawn M Wanak from August 2019. / Although it calls itself a Webzine, GigaNotoSaurus is not a magazine in the formal sense as it publishes only one story per month; but these are ...

MacDougal, John

Collaborative pseudonym of James Blish and Robert A W Lowndes on "Chaos, Co-ordinated" (October 1946 Astounding), a story which makes comic science-fictional use of Lewis Carroll's The Hunting of the Snark: An Agony, in Eight Fits (1876 chap). [PN/DRL] links / ...

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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