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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 ...


Canadian Anthology series (1985-current) showcasing both original and reprinted fiction and Poetry by authors from Canada. The first volume was Tesseracts (anth 1985) edited by Judith Merril; this and the next three appeared from Press Porcépic under the dedicated imprint Porcépic Books/Tesseract, becoming Beach ...

Garson, Clee

A House Name used on the Ziff-Davis magazines, initially by David Wright O'Brien in 1942-1944, and revived by Paul W Fairman (for at least one story, "Nine Worlds West", Fantastic Adventures April 1951). The last of thirteen Garson stories, "Scavengers in Space" (October 1955 Fantastic), ...

Pearson, Lars

(1973-    ) US writer and editor who began his career as a journalist and editor working on magazines about collectables and Comics. In 1999 he founded the Mad Norwegian Press, a Small Press which began publishing "unauthorized" reference guides to Doctor Who (1963-current) and other long-running Television series including ...

Dimondstein, Boris

Apparent working name of Russian-born author Boris Daymondshteyn (1891-1973), author of an anti-Communist Utopia, Utopia (The Volcano Island) – Revised Edition (1958); an earlier edition, if it exists, has not been identified. He also published work on German/Jewish issues. [JC]

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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