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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 ...

Love, Rosaleen

(1940-    ) Australian author, science journalist and lecturer in the history and philosophy of science. Love has been publishing short fiction – not all sf – since 1985, her first story of genre interest being "The Laws of Life" for Westerly #30 in that year, about a student of Biology whose empathy with other living things seems unmannerly in Homo sapiens; she has won a number of Australian ...

Borgo Press

Former US publishing house, a Small Press which long maintained a fairly extensive list of works of interest to sf. Its name is a play on "Borgo Pass," the name for Romania's Tihuţa Pass used in Bram Stoker's Dracula (1897; rev with cuts 1901). Originally based in California, the company was founded in 1975 by Robert Reginald, as publisher and ...

Jennison, John W

(1911-1980) UK author, one of several who became active as mass-producers of genre fiction for UK paperback houses and who remained reticent about personal details during their careers. From about 1945 to the year in which it is thought he may have died, Jennison seems to have written over 100 novels under at least forty pseudonyms, mostly thrillers and Westerns; he began to publish routine but occasionally engaging sf with two novels as Edgar Rees Kennedy, ...

Steelbaugh, Larry

(?   -    ) US author of the Tankwar sequence beginning with Tankwar (1990) and ending with Tankwar: Desert Prey (1993), a series of Military SF tales set during World War Three, with a Technothriller focus on tank Technology. Nothing is known of Steelbaugh; the name may be a pseudonym. ...

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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