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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 ...

von Neupauer, Josef

(1806-1902) Austrian politician and author whose sf novel, Österreich im Jahre 2020 ["Austria in the Year 2020"] (1893), describes Mr Forest's journey to Austria in 2020, guided by Julian West from Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward (1888). Austria, now a monarchical Utopia, is run on communist lines, with women's rights established to a degree (see Feminism); Vienna has ...

Humour

There is a false belief that sf and humour do not mix. Certainly sf has produced many bad jokes – Arthur C Clarke's Tales From the White Hart (coll of linked stories 1957) is entirely devoted to them – but from the beginning it has also produced many good ones. Much sf humour takes the form of social Satire, and stories of this kind are discussed mainly in that entry. While the discussion below naturally ...

Jonson, Ben

(1572-1637) UK poet, actor and playwright, after Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593) and William Shakespeare the pre-eminent dramatist of his era, active from the late 1590s till the year of his death. He was most famous for his astute and often highly satirical comedies, most notably Volpone (1605-1606), The Alchemist (1610) which satirized the gullibility of a public ready to accept any pseudoscientific nostrum, and ...

Hodder, Reginald

(1867-1926) New Zealand journalist, later in the UK; author of The Daughter of the Dawn: A Realistic Story of Maori Magic (1903), a Lost Race tale set in the heart of New Zealand, as narrated by a Maori chief; The Vampire (1913) is horror; Ultus, the Man from the Dead (1916), despite its alluring title, is a non-fantastic thriller. [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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