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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 ...

Bird, William Henry Fleming

(1896-1971) UK art lecturer and author who published some magazine sf in the 1950s under his own name, and also as John Toucan and John Eagle. His debut story was "War Potential" (October 1952 Tales of Tomorrow) as by John Toucan, and the first under his own name was "Critical Age" (1953 Futuristic Science Stories #12). Later work was almost exclusively written for the firm of ...

Barrington, Michael

Collaborative pseudonym of Michael Moorcock and Barrington J Bayley on one story, "Peace on Earth" (December 1959 New Worlds). [JC] links / Internet Speculative Fiction Database

Younghusband, Francis

(1863-1942) UK soldier, explorer, journalist and author, now notorious (though praised at the time) for his almost certainly unauthorized invasion of Tibet in 1903-1904 (see Imperialism), in which it is estimated (perhaps exaggeratedly) that up to a thousand Tibetan monks were killed for each British soldier who died; too old for active combat in World War One, he helped form a ginger group advocating its ruthless continuation. ...

Atomic War! [comic]

US Comic (1952-1953). Four issues. Ace Magazines (Junior Books, Inc.). Artists include Lou Cameron, Jim McLaughlin, Bill Molno and Ken Rice. Three or four comic strips and one (author uncredited) short story per issue. / Upon each cover is printed "only a strong America can prevent Atomic War!"; whilst issue 4 explains, "this book is designed to shock America into vigilance – and to keep the horrors of atomic war from our shores". The first issue's opening ...

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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