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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 ...

Langley, Bob

(1939-    ) UK broadcaster and author of Technothrillers, some being of sf interest: Warlords (1979) is a Young Adult tale depicting the Near Future overthrow of an effective UK government through undercover American influence; in Precipice (1991) a Soviet weapons satellite under Antarctica threatens to blow up the South Pole and environs; and in ...

Longyear, Barry B

(1942-    ) US author and editor who ran a printing company with his wife before beginning to write in 1977. He soon published his first sf story, "The Tryouts" in Asimov's for November/December 1978. Before his 1981 hospitalization for alcoholism and addiction to prescription drugs – an experience which formed the basis of his non-sf novel Saint Mary Blue (1988) – he had already published prolifically, sometimes as by ...

Klein, Jeffrey Bruce

(1948-    ) US investigative journalist, founder-editor of the magazine Mother Jones, and author; in his Near Future sf novel, The Black Hole Affair (1991) as Jeffrey Klein, which reflects his left-wing, anti-government convictions, a reporter discovers a secret government Star Wars project that could either start World War Three, or devastate the planet, or both. [JC]

Bacon, Paul

(1923-2015) US graphic artist active from the 1940s until about a year before his death, and responsible for an estimated 6500 book-cover designs (plus some 200 for jazz LPs). Inevitably, with such a huge total of covers, quite a number were for sf authors, well over seventy of them, some of whom published several books with his covers; his first in the genre is probably that for Gunner Cade (1952) by Cyril Judd. He became known for the "Big Book ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, Kenneth Bulmer, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its ...

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