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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 ...

Frost, Mark

(1953-    ) US screenwriter, director, producer and author, best known for co-creating the cult Television series Twin Peaks (1990-1991) with David Lynch. The noirish Pacific Rim Gothic of that narrative (see Gothic SF; Horror in SF), which is conveyed in some large measure through a hauntedly immobilized mise en scene, ...

Miln, Louise Jordan

(1864-1933) UK author about whose identity there has been some confusion. Her surname has been spelled "Milne"; the British Library lists at least one of her books as by James Miln of Toronto; "Louise Jordan Miln" has been identified as a pseudonym of the British actor George Crichton Miln (1851-?   ), who was her husband. The truth is probably that she wrote the books signed with her name, and that she was otherwise known as Mrs George Crichton Miln. She is the author of several ...

Palmer, John

(1885-1944) UK author, known mostly for numerous detective novels and thrillers in collaboration with Hilary Saunders (1898-1951), both writing together as Francis Beeding (for their joint sf see that entry). The Hesperides: A Looking-Glass Fugue (1936) by Palmer solo is a Satire in the style of the Scientific Romance whose human protagonist visits Venus, ...

Bacon, Eugen

Working name of Tanzania-born computer scientist, editor and author Eugen Matoyo Bacon (1971-    ), who lived for some years in the UK before moving to Australia; she began to publish work of genre interest with "Clone of Clones" as Eugen M Bacon, in Twisted Tails: An Anthology to Surprise and Delight (anth 2006) edited by J Richard Jacobs. Her first novel, Claiming T-Mo (2019), is an Equipoisal ...

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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