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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 ...

Castillo Vicci, Alberto

(1938-    ) Venezuelan author and retired professor emeritus who has published twelve books about artificial intelligence (see AI) and the fundamentals of science. His Cuentos esotéricos ["Esoteric Tales"] (coll 2008) won the Premio de Narrativa "La Tuna de Oro" presented by Casa Nacional de las Letras Andrés Bello in 2008. In this collection, he extends some logical, scientific, philosophical ...

Wolf, Gary K

(1941-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Love Story" in Worlds of Tomorrow for Winter 1970, which he followed with several sharply Satirical tales over the next few years. The best of these, like "Doctor Rivet and Supercon Sal" (January 1976 F&SF), are generally thought to scan American society with a sharper, cleaner vision than that attained in his ...

Lawrence, Louise

Pseudonym of Elizabeth Rhoda Holden (1943-2013), UK author who began publishing Young Adult sf with Andra (1971), and who early became noted for the marked and sensitive intelligence of her settings and characters. Both of her novel series – the Wyndcliffe sequence, comprising The Wyndcliffe (1974) and Sing and Scatter Daisies (1977), and the Llandor sequence, comprising Journey Through Llandor ...

Gorer, Geoffrey

(1905-1985) UK anthropologist and author whose speculative studies in the cultural anthropology of the Western world – much influenced by his lifelong friend Margaret Mead (1901-1978) – were famous during his lifetime, and whose Nobody Talks Politics: A Satire With an Appendix on our Political Intelligentsia (1936) is a Satire on UK Politics of the 1930s as seen through the eyes of a young man woken from a ...

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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