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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 ...

Elam, Richard M, Jr

(1920-2013) US author whose early work was chiefly written for young readers, often aimed at teenage boys; after about 1965 he pursued other interests. Much of his output was sf, including a number of short works which appeared in such non-sf publications as Boys' Life. His first sf book was Teen-age Science Fiction Stories (coll 1952; vt Young Reader's Science Fiction Stories 1957; vt Science Fiction Stories 1964); ...

Dowding, Henry Wallace

(1867-1938) UK-born clergyman and author, in the US from 1889, most active in the 1920s. His sf novel, The Man from Mars, or Service, for Service's Sake (1910), is occupied for much of its length with its protagonist's search for a McGuffin document, but shifts in its later moments to be a long description, on the part of the protagonist's employer, of his time on Mars, which planet is small, quite close to Earth, and ...

Savage Worlds

Role Playing Game (2003). Pinnacle Entertainment Group (PEG). Designed by Shane Lacy Hensley. / Like GURPS (1986), Savage Worlds is a generic system, designed to allow players to participate in worlds based on any literary genre, from science fiction to urban fantasy. But where GURPS emphasizes the accuracy with which it simulates fictional realities, Savage Worlds ...

Sapien, Nick

(?   -    ) US author whose first sf novel, Drosophila (2005), explores a traditional sf topos – the society where social strata are determined by IQ tests, in this case administered at birth by an "IQ machine" – and whose protagonist, employed in Genetic Engineering, smells a rat. Truth City (2011) similarly focuses on a "Truth Machine" which is designed to creat ...

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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