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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 ...

Coetzee, J M

(1940-    ) South African author (in Australia from 2002) and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2003, some of whose work relates to the fantastic. Works clearly standing outside any mimetic tradition include Waiting for the Barbarians (1980), which offers something like a Future War scenario – though one as chillingly abstract as that presented in Dino ...

Wonder Stories Quarterly

US letter-size Pulp magazine, Fall 1929 to Summer 1932, dropped to standard pulp-size Fall 1932 to Winter 1933, 14 issues, published by Hugo Gernsback's Stellar Publishing Corporation as a quarterly companion to Science Wonder Stories/Wonder Stories, the first three issues appearing as Science Wonder Quarterly. David Lasser was the managing editor. Wonder Stories Quarterly ...

Cole, Robert W

(1869-1937) UK photographer (having changed his mind after studying law at Balliol, Oxford, with a view to becoming a barrister) and author who was active during the first decade of the twentieth century. His first and best novel, The Struggle for Empire: A Story of the Year 2236 (1900), takes the Future War story to its logical, grim conclusion. The Anglo-Saxon Federation – ostensibly a Utopia with ...

Gautier, Judith

Working name of French poet and author Louise Charlotte Ernestine Gautier (1845-1917), daughter of Théophile Gautier, and deeply influenced in her long-standing and intense use of Oriental venues and themes by Pierre Loti (1850-1923). Her stories cannot be thought of easily as sf, but the elaborate and engaging use of myth and traditional motif makes it possible to think of her as a significant figure in the evolution of French ...

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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