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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 ...

Rees, Rod

(1948-    ) UK author, a former accountant, whose sf debut is the Demi-Monde tetralogy comprising The Demi-Monde: Winter (2011), The Demi-Monde: Spring (2012), The Demi-Monde: Summer (2013) and The Demi-Monde: Fall (2013). The Demi-Monde is a highly detailed Virtual Reality sustained by an advanced Quantum Computer and ostensibly designed ...

Meade, L T

Working name of UK author Elizabeth Thomasina Meade Smith (1844-1914), now best remembered for her numerous and sometimes inventive books for girls, but some of whose romances of detection and sedition are of sf interest, though the sometimes-cited John Bell sequence – assembled as A Master of Mysteries (coll of linked stories June-November 1897 Cassell's Magazine; 1898) with Robert Eustace – is not, as the mysteries are ...


1. Seminal US Original-Anthology series edited by Damon Knight. Although Orbit was not the first such series, having been preceded by Star Science Fiction Stories in the USA and New Writings in SF in the UK, it was its extraordinary early success that precipitated the boom in such series in the early 1970s. It had a more ...

Curval, Philippe

Pseudonym of French author, journalist and artist Philippe Tronche (1929-2023). From around 1956 Curval was central to the growth of sf in France as bookseller, magazine editor, photographer, chronicler and author. He was a fine stylist whose works, though often they are couched as Satires, are exemplified by a sensual, poetic mood and great affection for his characters. He wrote over thirty stories, beginning with "L'oeuf d'Elduo" ...

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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