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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 ...

Wells, Robert

(1929-2021) UK author who began publishing sf with "The Machine That Was Lonely" in the Observer in 1954, one of that newspaper's prize competition stories assembled as A.D. 2500: The Observer Prize Stories (anth 1954) edited anonymously. Wells later concentrated on novels, beginning with The Parasaurians (1969), in which fake safaris against Robot Dinosaurs turn into a more serious threat to the hero ...

Sykes, W Stanley

(1894-1961) UK anaesthesiologist and author, most of his fiction being detective thrillers with no fantastic content; of sf interest is The Ray of Doom: A Detective Novel (1935), in which the eponymous Ray is presented with some scientific rigour. [JC]

Clare, John

(?   -    ) Canadian editor and author of a Near Future spoof, The Passionate Invaders (1965), in which, 100 years after the last invasion, a group of Canadians known as the Snainef (i.e. Fenians) invade the United States. [JC]

Olsen, Per G

(1944-2016) Norwegian author born Olsen who later changed his name to Hvidsten but continued to publish as Olsen. During the sixties and the following decades he was involved in almost every imaginable activity, both professionally and fan-related. He started as editor of the Fanzine Alhabor and a member of several APAs, and later turned to film-related fanzines such as Filmfan and Filmforum ...

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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