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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 ...

Tilley, Patrick

(1928-2020) UK author who initially studied art at the University of Durham and worked as a graphic designer 1955-1968, then as a film scriptwriter. His first sf novel, Fade-Out (1975; exp 1977), after the fashion of borderline works like Fail-Safe (13-27 October 1962 Saturday Evening Post; 1962) by Eugene Burdick and Harvey Wheeler, concentrates ...

Schmidt, Bryan Thomas

(1969-    ) US author who has written sf from a Christian point of view (see Religion), as in his major work to date, the Saga of Davi Rhii comprising The Worker Prince (2012), Rivalry on a Sky Course: A Davil Rhii Story (2012 ebook) and The Returning (2013), whose female protagonist vigorously copes with traditional Space Opera trials, but whose faith remains ...

Wakefield, Tom

(1935-1996) UK teacher and author, who wrote nonfiction about his teaching experiences at special schools in Hackney (an East London borough); his only novel of sf interest, The Love Siege (1979), also reflects his pedagogical experiences through its depiction of a Dystopian Near Future London where all "handicapped" children are condemned to extermination. The staff of the school revolts. ...

Abela, Deborah

(1966-    ) Australian author of the Max Remy sequence of Young Adult Humour beginning with Max Remy: In Search of the Time and Space Machine (2002; vt Max Remy: Spy Force: The Time and Space Machine 2005 UK as by D Abela). The Grimsdon sequence, comprising Grimsdon (2010) and New City (2014), perhaps more interestingly (if in a manner excessively ...

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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