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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 ...

Vance, Jack

Working name of US author John Holbrook Vance (1916-2013), who was educated at the University of California first as a mining engineer, then as a physics major and finally in journalism, though without taking a degree. During World War Two he served in the Merchant Navy, being twice torpedoed and writing his first story, "The World-Thinker", which he published with Thrilling Wonder Stories, Summer 1945. In the late 1940s and early 1950s Vance contributed a variety of ...

Koren, Brittiany A

(?   -    ) Editor of a number of Original Anthologies, always in collaboration with Martin H Greenberg. The first of these is Single White Vampire Seeks Same (anth 2001) with Greenberg, comprising Urban Fantasy tales [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] with a lonely-hearts classified ...

Sherlock Holmes

Arthur Conan Doyle's famous hero Sherlock Holmes (see Icons) was introduced as a scientific detective operating by rigorous logic – but Doyle's master-stroke was to show him through the eyes of his staunch but uncomprehending companion Doctor Watson, providing a human frame for what might have been an arid inspiration. Although Holmes stories did not always fully honour this template description, Holmes himself soon ...

M.D. Geist

Japanese Original Video Animation (OVA) (1986; 1996; vt M.D. Geist I: Most Dangerous Soldier). Original title Sokihei M.D. Geist. Studio Wave, Zero G-Room. Directed by Hayato Ikeda (in name only) and Koichi Ohata. Written by Riku Sanjo. Voice cast includes Unshō Ishizuka, Kazuhiro Nakata, Akio Nojima, Kaneto Shiozawa, and Noriaki Wakamoto. 40 minutes in 1986; 45 minutes in 1996. Colour. / The colony planet Jerra's civilization has ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, Kenneth Bulmer, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its ...

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