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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 ...

Russell, Bertrand

(1872-1970) UK mathematician, philosopher and controversialist, grandson of John Russell, first Earl Russell; in 1931 he succeeded to the family title, becoming the third Earl Russell. Because of his pacifist publications and activities during the course of World War One, he lost his Cambridge fellowship and was imprisoned in 1918. His work in Mathematics was substantial, including a formalization of number theory in ...

Cronin, Justin

(1962-    ) US author whose first two novels have no fantastic content, but whose ongoing series, Passage sequence comprising The Passage (2010), The Twelve (2012) and The City of Mirrors (2016), presents a complexly plotted set of interweaving stories, beginning in the Near Future, mainly in an America savagely afflicted by Pollution and ...

Riviere, Sam

(1981-    ) UK teacher, publisher, poet and author, active as a poet from around 2005. He is of some sf interest for his first novel, Dead Souls (2021), a Satirical tale about poets and poetry whose intensely prolonged monologues perhaps benefit from their exposure to a modestly changed very Near Future world (see Fantastika). In the course of this a poet – ...

Green, Hank

Working name of US blogger, singer-songwriter and author William Henry Green (1980-    ) who, after much media work, published his first print fiction of substance, the Carls sequence comprising An Absolutely Remarkable Thing (2018) and A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor (2020). Carls are an assemblage of sixty-four Robot sculptures suddenly discovered at nexus points in Cities worldwide, ...

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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