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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 ...

Blake, Stacey

Working name of Francis William Stacey Blake (1873-1964), UK journalist, author and water-colour artist whose fiction consists almost exclusively of adventure stories for boys, such as "The Derelict Hunters: A Thrilling Story of the Dread Sargasso Sea" (29 April 1908 Chums) as by Stacey-Blake. His three book-length tales of sf interest are Beyond the Blue: The Story of a Great Adventure (December 1914-June 1915 London Magazine; 1920), a ...

On the Beach

1. BBC Radio dramatization by Mike Walker in the Classic Serial anthology programme, as On the Beach (1957). / 2. Film (1959). Lomitas Productions/United Artists. Directed by Stanley Kramer. Written by John Paxton, based on On the Beach (1957) by Nevil Shute. Cast includes Fred Astaire, Guy Doleman, Ava Gardner, Gregory Peck and Anthony Perkins. 134 minutes. Black and white. / ...

Kaplan, Aline Boucher

(1947-    ) UK-born marketing executive and author, in the US from an early age, who began publishing sf with Khyren (1988), in which the protagonist finds herself transported from her conventional existence into a trading outpost on the backward planet Khyren (see Colonization of Other Worlds), where female worth is measured by fertility; the Feminist implications of the tale ...

Mittié, Jean-Corisandre

(?   -?   ) French author of Descente en Angleterre ["The Raid on England"] (1798), a very early example of the Future-War Invasion tale, here conceived in dramatic form, apparently farcical; any close resemblance to the much later Battle of Dorking mode is unestablished. [JC]

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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