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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 ...

Schaub, Mary

(1943-2009) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Serpentine" in Survival from Infinity (anth 1974) edited by Roger Elwood, and most of whose subsequent work was fantasy. "Exile", a book-length tale assembled in Flight of Vengeance (anth 1992) edited with P M Griffin and Andre Norton, is a Planetary Romance ...

Wizard of Mars, The

Film (1965; vt Horrors of the Red Planet). American General Pictures. Directed by David L Hewitt. Written by David L Hewitt, based on a story by Armando Busick and David L Hewitt inspired by the novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900) by L Frank Baum. Cast includes Eve Bernhardt, John Carradine, Roger Gentry, Vic McGee and Jerry Rannow. 85 minutes. / Four astronauts from Earth – Steve (Gentry), Doc (McGee), Charlie (Rannow), ...

Last Man

For the past two centuries and more, the vast majority stories featuring human beings to whom the term "last man" can be applied are in fact men; several early tales and novels incorporate that circumstance into their titles (see examples immediately below), and in not a few of these tales a "last woman" is met, in time for the race to continue. For these historical reasons, this entry has not been renamed Last Human. The notion of the Last Man left alive on Earth (see ...

Schlee, Ann

(1934-2023) US author, in UK from the 1950s, who mostly wrote historical novels, initially for Young Adult readers and later for adult audiences. Of sf interest is The Vandal (1979), an early example of the future Dystopia whose adolescent protagonist is banned from a central oppressive City, in this case a culture where enforced Amnesia intensifies the tyranny. ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. He began to publish work of genre interest with an sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" in Triquarterly for Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959]; he began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and later in ...



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