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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 ...

Lockhart-Mummery, J P

(1875-1957) UK surgeon and author of After Us; Or, the World as It Might Be (1936), an essentially nonfictional exercise in Futures Studies, but containing an embedded set of (necessarily fictional) letters written home by a New Zealander, describing the state of affairs in the UK in the twenty-fifth century. [JC]

BNA: Brand New Animal

Japanese animated tv series (2020). Original title Bī Enu Ē. Trigger. Directed by Yoh Yoshinari. Written by Kazuki Nakashima. Voice cast includes Yoshimasa Hosoya, Kaito Ishikawa, Sumire Morohoshi and Maria Naganawa. Twelve 23-minute episodes. Colour. / Earth is home to two human species (see Anthropology; Evolution), Homo sapiens and beastmen; ...

Grove, Peter J

(?   -    ) UK author of an unremarkable sf adventure for Robert Hale Limited, The Levellers (1981) [JC]

Poole, W Scott

(1971-    ) US academic and author whose studies in horror (see Horror in SF) include Vampira: Dark Goddess of Horror (2014), a study of the actor Vampira (real name Maila Nurmi), most famous in an sf context for her appearance in Edward D Wood's Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959); ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...

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