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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 ...

Troubetzkoy, Princess Mariya

Married name of UK author Muriel Marie Beddam (?   -?   ), sometimes given as Princess Paul Troubetzkoy; her husband, Paolo or Paul Troubetskoy (1866-1938), was a Russian painter and sculptor, in western Europe after 1917. Exodus A.D.: A Warning to Civilians (1934) with C R W Nevinson, set in the Near Future, anticipates a continuation of strife throughout Europe. [JC]

Reinganum, Victor

(1907-1995) UK artist associated with British Surrealism (see Illustration) before 1940, as demonstrated in his illustrations for Straw in the Hair: An Anthology of Nonsensical and Surrealist Verse (anth 1938) edited by Denys Kilham Roberts (1903-1976) (see Poetry). Much of his work was for fiction outside the sf field, including most of the early novels, some of fantasy interest, of Muriel Spark [see The ...

Zagat, Arthur Leo

(1896-1949) US author, extremely prolific in a number of Pulp-magazine genres, publishing about 500 stories, some (excruciatingly) as by Morgan Lafay; of the relatively few that are sf, several were with Nat Schachner, including Zagat's first, "The Tower of Evil" for Wonder Stories Quarterly in Summer 1930. The eleven tales produced collaboratively before they separated in 1931 were Zagat's ...

Booth, Naomi

(?   -    ) UK academic and author whose first work of fiction, The Lost Art of Sinking (2015), which is nonfantastic, dramatizes her interest as a critical analysis of literary swooning. In her first novel, Sealed (2017), a Near Future acceleration of Climate Change in Australia is further intensified through the effects of a deadly ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. He began to publish work of genre interest with an sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" in Triquarterly for Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959]; he began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and later in ...



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