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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 ...

Wonder Story Annual

US reprint Pulp magazine published by Better Publications, 1950, and Best Books, 1951-1953, both imprints of Standard Magazines; edited 1950-1951 by Sam Merwin Jr and 1952-1953 by Samuel Mines. The first issue was a bumper 196 pages. The magazine was taking advantage of the publisher's backlog of material bought for Wonder Stories and ...

Ransmayr, Christoph

(1954-    ) Austrian editor and author, active from the late 1970s, mostly in Ireland 1994-2006. His first novel, Die Schrecken des Eises und der Finsternis (1984; trans John E Woods as The Terrors of Ice and Darkness 1991) verges upon but does not engage with the aura of Fantastika that tends to influence novels set in unexplored Arctic regions. His second, Die letzte Welt ...

Bobrov, Gleb

(1964-    ) Russian-Ukrainian author, poet, journalist and memoirist, who first found fame with a number of works based on his years serving as a sniper during the Russian invasion of Afghanistan. Beginning with his magazine story "Chuzhiye Fermopily" ["An Alien Thermopylae"] (2005 Zvezda #12) he began to inject increasing notes of fiction and myth-making, imagining Afghanistan as a precursor to yet more dramatic ...

Skobelev, Eduard

(1927-    ) Byelorussian politician, poet and author whose Katastrofa (1984; trans Sergei Sossinsky as Catastrophe 1989) sets a Dystopia dominated by Jews – Skobelev is known for anti-semitic articles and books – in an imaginary country. [JC]

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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