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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 ...

Allan, Angus P

(1936-2007) UK comic strip writer, magazine editor and author of two novel Ties; also credited as Angus Allan. Thunderbirds Are Go (1966) novelizes the Thunderbirds film Thunderbirds Are Go (1966); Dan Dare: Pilot of the Future (1977) is a mediocre tie to the famous Eagle space-adventure Comic strip ...

Turner, Jesse Lee

(1938-    ) US rockabilly singer who had a single big sf novelty hit, "The Little Space Girl", which was released by Carlton Records in December 1959 and reached the top 20 on the record charts. Although credited to Turner, this was actually written by his cousin, singer-songwriter Floyd Robinson; it tells the story of a man who encounters an Alien girl from outer space during a walk in the park. She tells him she wants to marry him. He is repelled ...

Paterson, Isabel

(1886-1961) Canadian journalist, literary critic and author, in the US from around 1915, whose The God of the Machine (1943) originated many of the tenets of libertarianism (see Libertarian SF) whose intellectual interactions with Ayn Rand from the 1930s on were mutually influential. Of her fiction, The Road of the Gods (1930) is a Lost Race novel set in Germany 2,000 ...

Cross, Malcolm

(?   -    ) UK author whose Dangerous Jade (2012) is set in an Equipoisal fantasy-themed City full of anthropomorphic Clones. Orbital Decay (2014 ebook) is a contribution to the publisher's Shared World Afterblight Chronicles series. He is also of sf interest for his contribution to the ...

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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