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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 ...

Mitchelson, Austin

(?   -    ) US author of a Sherlock Holmes sf novel, The Earthquake Machine (1976; vt Sherlock Holmes and the Earthquake Machine 1994) with Nicholas Utechin, in which the detective staves off a terrorist threat in 1906 involving a diabolic Invention. [JC]

Kesteven, G R

Pseudonym of UK teacher and author Geoffrey Robins Crosher (1911-1990), some of whose stories for children were published under his own name. Of sf interest are two Young Adult novels: The Pale Invaders (1974), a Ruined Earth tale set in the Far Future and describing the effect upon an isolated valley culture of the discovery of Technologies which reveal ...

Browne, Gerald A

(1924-    ) US author, mostly of high-gloss thrillers like 11 Harrowhouse (1972), and of two novels of genre interest: the protagonist of Hazard (1973) utilizes Telepathy to uncover an Arab plot against Israel; the eponymous Stone 588 (1986) is a crystal with the power to heal. [JC]

End of the World

Together with Utopias and cautionary tales, apocalyptic visions form one of the three principal traditions of pre-twentieth-century futuristic fantasy. Visions inspired by the religious imagination go back into antiquity (see Mythology; Religion), and the artist John Martin depicted vast biblical catastrophes with particular relish from the 1820s to the 1850s; but 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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