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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 ...

Rådström, Pär

(1925-1963) Swedish author, essayist and journalist. His father was a novelist, screenwriter and editor of a short story Magazine; at 17 Rådström went to work as a journalist, and two years later began to write about jazz for the new daily tabloid newspaper Expressen. After the end of World War Two, he left Sweden to travel and spent much of the following decade abroad while producing innumerable articles, reviews, ...

Rickett, Joseph Compton

(1847-1919) UK industrialist, lay preacher, politician (Liberal MP from 1895 until his death, holding Cabinet office from 1916) and author, born Joseph Rickett, who also wrote as by Maurice Baxter; he was knighted in 1907 and changed his name to Compton-Rickett in 1908. His sf novel The Quickening of Caliban: A Modern Story of Evolution (1893) suggests that a Lost Race of Homo sapiens – more natural (i.e., perhaps, less evolved) than ...

Defenders of the Earth

US animated tv series (1986-1991). Marvel Productions/King Features Entertainment for the Fox Television Network. Created by Gerry Conway, Ross Andru and John Romita Sr. Produced by John Ahern, Bill Hutten, Tony Love, Don Sheppard, others. Directors included John Gibbs, Ray Lee, and Will Meugniot. Writers included Chris Bunch, Arthur Byron Cover, Mark Edward Edens, Mel ...

Hayes, William D

(?   -?   ) UK author of Mr Boyton – Merchant, Millionaire, and King (1899), in which the eponymous entrepreneur, having become king of Poland in the Near Future, defeats a German Invasion with a secret weapon (see Inventions). [JC]

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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