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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 ...

Kaplan, Carter

(1960-    ) US academic and author of Critical Synoptics: Menippean Satire and the Analysis of Intellectual Mythology (2000) which – over and above its unexpected conflation of Menippean Satire and the philosophical investigations of Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951) – interestingly questions the ascendency of academic criticism-from-above over more intimate – what he calls synaesthesiacal – criticism on the part ...

Hanks, Keith

(1940-    ) UK illustrator and author of a Science Fantasy novel, Falk (1972), set in a Post-Holocaust Britain so disgustingly decadent that God has sent the protagonist, all-unknowing of the honour, to clean things up. [JC]

Parallel Worlds

A parallel world is another universe situated "alongside" our own, displaced from it along a spatial fourth Dimension (parallel worlds are often referred to in sf as "other dimensions"). Although whole universes may lie parallel in this sense, most stories focus on parallel Earths. The parallel-world idea forms a useful framework for the notion of Alternate History, and is often used in this way. Most of the "secondary ...

Talabi, Wole

(1986-    ) Nigerian engineer, editor and author now resident in Malaysia. Talabi began publishing work of genre interest with "The Human Thing" in The Naked Convos in 2011. He made his first professional sale with "Wednesday's Story" in Lightspeed Magazine for May 2016, and has since published a string of works in genre publications including F&SF, Clarkesworld and others. "The Regression Test" ...

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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