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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 ...

Unger, Kimberly

(?   -    ) US Videogame designer, teacher and author, in the latter capacity mostly of nonfantastic tales for Young Adult readers; she began to publish work of genre interest with "Sea Change" in Galaxy's Edge for September 2015. Her first novel with strong sf content is Nucleation (2020), a Hard SF ...

Gear, W Michael

(1955-    ) US author with extensive training in American archaeology; married to Kathleen O'Neal Gear from 1982 He began publishing sf with the competent Spider sequence – The Warriors of Spider (1988), The Way of Spider (1989) and The Web of Spider (1989), plus The Artifact (1990), which serves as a prequel – about the conflict between a newly discovered ...

Wood, Christopher

(1935-2015) UK screenwriter and author, in the latter capacity most successful with his Confessions sequence of nonfantastic Sex comedies beginning with Confessions of a Window Cleaner (1974) as by Timothy Lea [series not listed below]. He was the screenwriter for two James Bond films. The Technothriller The Spy Who Loved Me (1997) – which has no plot elements in common with Ian ...

Stasheff, Christopher

(1944-2018) US author with a PhD in theatre, a subject he taught at university level; his writing career began with and has remained almost wholly dedicated to the variously interconnected Science Fantasy Warlock series, the first being the Warlock/Rod Gallowglass sequence, whose internal chronology begins with a book several titles into the sequence, Escape Velocity (1983), then continues untroubled with ...

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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