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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 ...

Maitland, Edward

(1824-1897) UK author and Theosophist (see Theosophy) whose speculative Utopia By and By: An Historical Romance of the Future (1873 3vols), set several hundred years in the future in Africa, takes an unusually optimistic view of the likely effects of Technology (irrigating the Sahara), is much interested in social theory, imagines several varieties of marriage and foresees a somewhat limited ...

Prucher, Jeff

(1971-    ) US freelance lexicographer best known for Brave New Words: The Oxford Dictionary of Science Fiction (2007), the first historical dictionary of words originating in sf, plus citations and bibliographic information. Coverage includes not only the many Genre SF neologisms but critical Terminology and Fan Language. This pioneering reference book won the 2008 ...

Vourvoulias, Sabrina

(1960-    ) Thai-born author, an American citizen from birth brought up in Guatemala and in USA from the age of fifteen; she began to publish work of genre interest with "Flying with the Dead" in Crossed Genres: Year Two (anth 2010) edited by Kay T Holt, Kelly Jennings and Bart R Leib. Her first novel, Ink (2012), which is set in the very Near Future, dramatizes the global refugee crisis increasingly central to the ...

Woodley, Richard

(1937-    ) Author, presumably US, active from the 1970s through the 1990s, who has published some twenty novels in various genres – almost all Cinema or Television Ties. Sf examples listed below are chiefly based on the television series The Man from Atlantis (1977-1978). Film ties include novelizations of ...

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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