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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 ...

Lombard, Louis

(1861-1927) French-born composer, financier and author, in the US for long periods after 1876, where he became Director of the Utica Conservatory of Music; his Lost Race tale, The Vicious Virtuoso (1898), describes an advanced superscientific race in pre-pharaonic Egypt, a Utopia eventually destroyed by Religion. [JC]

Macken, John

(?   -    ) UK scientist and author whose Reuben Maitland sequence of Technothrillers, beginning with Dirty Little Lies (2007), focuses on a UK police forensic unit called Genecrime; volume three of the sequence, Breaking Point (2009), is set in the Near Future. [JC]

Kirkby, John

(circa 1705-1754) UK clergyman and author whose two main works were plagiarized and who may also have written as Pythagorolunister (see Checklist below for title). He substantially lifted his A New English Grammar (1746) from New Grammar (1745) by Anne Fisher (1719-1778), and is not therefore responsible for the eighteenth-century invention of the convention that "he" can stand for he, or she, or it. Fisher's ...

Castle, Jack

Pseudonym of US professional stuntman, police officer and author Chris Tortora (?   -    ), in the first capacity employed for about a decade with Universal Studios. His first novel, Europa Journal (2015) – which at some early points is structurally evocative of Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) directed by Steven Spielberg and other ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, Kenneth Bulmer, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its ...

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