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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 ...

Rustoff, Michael

Pseudonym of UK minister and author Forbes Edward Winslow (1842-1913), whose What Will Mrs Grundy Say? or A Calamity on Two Legs (A Book for Men) (1891) carries its protagonist via Balloon to an unnamed (but nearby) planet where euthanasia is practised. The tale is told in a Satirical vein. [JC]

Marryat, Florence

(1833-1899) UK author, playwright, editor (of London Society magazine 1872-1876) and actress, daughter of the naval officer and pioneering sea-story author Captain Frederick Marryat (1792-1848); now perhaps best remembered for her espousal of Spiritualism as recorded in such late nonfiction works as There Is No Death (1891) and The Spirit World (1894) [not listed below]. She was a prolific author of sensational novels from 1865 onwards, also publishing both ...

Incredible Melting Man, The

Film (1977). Quartet Productions, American International Pictures. Written and directed by William Sachs. Additional dialogue Rebecca Ross. Cast includes Michael Aldredge, Burr DeBenning, Alex Rebar and Ann Sweeny. 84 minutes. Colour. / By 1977 the idea of an astronaut returning to Earth after being contaminated by some dread space infection or irradiation was well and truly a Clichéd subgenre of ...

Cárdenas, Juan

(1978-    ) Colombian translator, editor and author, active from around 2005; he is primarily of sf interest for his third novel, Ornamento (2015; trans Lizzie Davis as Ornamental 2020), which is built around what happens to four separate women subject to an experimental study using a highly addictive Drug that affects women only. The doctor responsible becomes deeply involved with one of the experimental studies, who ...

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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