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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 ...

Brust, Steven

(1955-    ) Hungarian-descended US author, almost exclusively of Fantasy, notably the long Vlad Taltos series and the swashbuckling Alexandre Dumas-like Khaavren Romances set earlier in the same universe. He is mentioned here chiefly for Cowboy Feng's Space Bar and Grille (1990), an intermittently comic spoof about a saloon which dodges atomic ...

McDonnell, Caimh

(1975-    ) Irish stand-up comedian and author whose nonfantastic novels [not listed below] have appeared as by Caimh McDonnell. His only work of some sf interest, The Stranger Times (2021) as by C K McDonnell, is a spoofish Satire on a more or less contemporary Britain not dissimilar to the societies portrayed by authors like Tom Holt or Robert Rankin. The protagonist of ...

McCoy, Nathaniel P

Pseudonym of UK art publisher and author George Grandison Millar (circa 1860-1913), whose The Gold Makers (1911) is a thriller involving the Transmutation of metals. In real life Millar was a shareholder of the Scottish metallurgical company Kosmoid Ltd [see links below], established in 1904, which planned to produce mercury and perhaps gold by transmutation of lead; The Gold Makers is seemingly a roman à clef ...

Bioy Casares, Adolfo

(1914-1999) Argentine author, married 1940-1993 to the author and anthologist Silvina Ocampo; he was noted from his first book, Prólogo ["Prologue"] (coll 1929), for the surreal displacements of his work, which uses sf or detective forms in an abstract, parodic fashion (see Parody), and is generally metaphysical in intent. La invención de Morel (1940; trans Ruth ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos ...

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