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Welcome to the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, Fourth Edition. Some sample entries appear below. Click here for the Introduction; here for the masthead; here for Acknowledgments; here for the FAQ; here for advice on citations. Find entries via the search box above (more details here) or browse the menu categories in the grey bar at the top of this page.

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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 ...

Watson, Robert

(1882-1948) Scottish-born screenwriter, editor and author, in Canada from 1908, moving to California in 1933 to continue his cinema work. Of his several romantic adventures, High Hazard: A Romance of the Far Arctic (1929) is a Lost World tale featuring a clement enclave in the far north, where creatures out of Prehistoric SF roam, along with giants. [JC]

Coffin, Bill

(1970-    ) US author of two Young Adult novels: Overmind (1995), set some time into the future, in which a gladiator escapes his fate and tries to contact God (see Religion; Transcendence); and Prime Mover (1996), a Space Opera involving human-settled planets, war, and interfering Aliens. ...

Arkell, Will J

(1856-1930) US author of Napoleon Smith (1888) with A T Worden (?   -?   ), writing together as by A Well-Known New Yorker. Arkell, a wealthy US businessman, had bought Judge magazine in the mid-1880s (and used it as a Republican platform to attack the Democratic administration): the novel – a tame political Satire set in the Near Future – appeared from The Judge Publishing ...

Online Magazines

This entry provides an overview of digital, electronic and web-based magazines. There are now far more online sf magazines than print ones, and although many online ones can be downloaded or published by print-on-demand, they are usually initially accessible only via the internet rather than the newsstand. Online magazines may be referred to in a variety of forms, the most common of which is Webzine, because they are published on the worldwide web. Some digital ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. He began to publish work of genre interest with an sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" in Triquarterly for Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959]; he began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and later in ...

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