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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 ...

Vernon, Roger Lee

(1924-2017) US schoolteacher and author whose awkwardly routine early sf is contained in an assemblage of original stories, The Space Frontiers (coll 1955), which are mostly Space Opera tales of interplanetary warfare; and the novel Robot Hunt (1959) (see Robots). The very much more recent The Fall of the American Empire – 2013: A Remembrance of Things Future (2010) is told from the year ...

Kolney, Fernand

Working name of French author Fernand Pochon de Colnet (1868-1930), well known for his Malthusian approach to the problems of Overpopulation, as expressed in texts like Le Crime d'engendrer ["The Crime of Breeding"] (1909 chap). His sf novel, L'Amour dans cinq mille ans (1908; rev vt L'Amour dans 5000 ans 1928; trans Brian Stableford of rev as Love in 5000 Years ...

MacAulay, L

(?   -?   ) UK author of The Decadence: An Excerpt from "A History of the Triumph and Decay of England": Dateable 1949 (1929), most of whose focus is on issues of free trade, which is advocated. [JC]

Podwil, Jerome

(1938-    ) American artist, sometimes credited simply as Podwil, who typically signs his works Jerry Podwil. After graduating from the Pratt School of Art and Design in 1960, Podwil began painting covers for non-genre books, mostly Westerns, and in 1965 shifted to sf art with several assignments from Ace Books. His early covers generally juxtaposed realistic figures with misty or symbolic backgrounds to evoke a ...

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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