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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 ...

Lapierre, Dominique

(1931-2022) French author who collaborated with Larry Collins on several thrillers including the Near Future The Fifth Horseman (1980), in which Colonel Quaddafi of Libya blackmails New York with the threat of a nuclear bomb hidden in that City. [DRL]

Cherry, Rowena

(1954-    ) UK teacher and author of romantic fiction, in US from around the mid 1990s, whose Gods of Tigron sequence beginning with Forced Mate (2004) works through an initial premise that Earth has been secretly quarantined from the Galactic Empire of the title. Complex disputes characterize the romantic Space Opera tone of the whole, perhaps intensified more than usually encountered ...

Kindermann, Eberhard Christian

(1715-?   ) German [ie Saxon] translator and astronomer whose speculations about the existence of at least one moon orbiting Mars are presented in his nonfiction Vollständidge Astronomie ["Complete Astronomy"] (1744), the revision of an earlier work [for details including full titles see Checklist below]. Later that year – in ...

Huang Chun-Sin

(?   -    ) Chinese author, possibly pseudonymous, whose only publishing credits are with Hong Kong firms in 1959-1960. Alice in Manialand (1959 chap) makes use of conspicuously coded language [for Aesopian Fantasy and Wonderland see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] to create a Dystopian ...

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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