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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 ...

Leisner, William

(?   -    ) US author of Ties to the Star Trek universe, beginning with Star Trek: The Next Generation: Losing the Peace (2009), which deals with the aftermath of a Borg assault upon civilization; he has also contributed to anthologies set in this universe. [JC]

Mighels, Ella Sterling

(1853-1934) US author, almost all of whose work, fiction and nonfiction, deals with her native California; she was married to Philip Verrill Mighels. Her short Lost Race novel, Fairy Tale of the White Man: Told from the Gates of Sunset (1915 chap), sites the origin of the White Man in her home state, and describes a complex ancient urban civilization in glowing terms. [JC]

Van der Naillen, A

(1830-1928) Belgian-born occultist and author, in USA most of his life. His Magi sequence beginning with On the Heights of Himalay (1890) is of some sf interest for its attempts to mash together Theosophy, the Secret Masters who promulgate that doctrine and control the world from the eponymous mountains, and an Aztec Lost Race. [JC]

Betancourt, John Gregory

(1963-    ) US editor and author who became involved in Small-Press publishing in his teens, beginning to publish short fiction with "Vernon's Dragon" in 100 Great Fantasy Short Short Stories (anth 1984) edited by Isaac Asimov, Terry Carr and Martin H Greenberg; an earlier sale was the poem "The Argia" ...

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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