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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 ...

Sussmann, Susana

(1972-    ) Venezuelan physicist, metrologist, quality auditor, editor and author of fantasy, horror and science fiction short stories, her first genre publication being "La esperanza es lo último que se pierde" ["Hope is the Last Thing to Go"] (in Visiones 2000, anth 2000). She is best known as editor of the international Webzine Crónicas de la Forja (launched in 2006), webmaster of ...

Glenn, Harper

(?   -    ) US author whose first novel, the Young Adult Monarch Rising (2022), set in a declining Dystopian version of Near Future America, follows the hegira of its young protagonist Jo Monarch as she leaves the isolated Southern hinterlands of her birth and begins to discover wider truths about the world beyond the Ashes, and about love. [JC]

Astounding She-Monster, The

Film (1957; vt Mysterious Invader UK). Hollywood International Pictures, American International Pictures. Produced and directed by Ronald V Ashcroft (credited as Ronnie Ashcroft). Written by Frank Hall and Ashcroft (uncredited) from their original story. Cast includes Robert Clarke, Kenne Duncan, Marilyn Harvey, Shirley Kilpatrick and Jeanne Tatum. 62 minutes. Black and white. / Geologist Dick Cutler (Clarke) is in the ...

McCauley, Kirby

(1941-2014) US literary agent, influential fan and editor; he very early on represented several clients, including Stephen King and George R R Martin, who later became extremely successful; both have acknowledged his influence on their careers. Although his professional focus was always on fantasy and horror (see Horror in SF), McCauley's taste as an editor was catholic, beginning with the ...

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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