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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 ...

Madlee, Dorothy

(1917-1980) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with the poem "Moon Phantoms" as by Dorothy Haynes Madle in Weird Tales for July 1946, followed by the story "Crystal of Macaosu" as by Dorothy Madle in Fantastic Universe for February 1955. She was best known for collaborating with Andre Norton on the four-book Children's SF Star Ka'at ...

Harrington, James

(1611-1677) UK political theorist and author whose The Common-Wealth of Oceana (1656), anonymous, comprises a fictionalized Utopia set in the eponymous Island; it argues for a republican government with strict separations of powers (the treatise was influential in the writing of the American Constitution) and rigorously enforced protection of the poor from their natural predators, the rich. The book was impounded by Oliver ...

Smith, D R

Working name of Donald Raymond Smith (1917-1999), UK author, editor and fan who along with J Michael Rosenblum was instrumental in maintaining lines of communication within UK Fandom during World War Two, in particular editing the British Fantasy Society Bulletin (1942-1946). He was an often controversial columnist in Britain's first ...

Newton, Alex

(?   -?   ) UK author of an sf novel, Posterity: Its Verdicts and its Methods; Or, Democracy A D 2010 (London: Williams and Norgate, 1897) anonymous, a Sleeper Awakes tale whose protagonist discovers the Utopian world of 2010, which has evolved on lines described by Edward Bellamy in Looking Backward (1888). Much of the text is given over ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, Kenneth Bulmer, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its ...



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