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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 ...

Hoklin, Lonn

Working name of US author Lonnie Lief Hoklin (1946-    ) used for a Time Travel novel, The Hourglass Crisis (1987), about an attempt to ensure the restoration of the Third Reich (see Hitler Wins for a short discussion of Alternate Histories in which similar recoveries are launched). / As John Gideon, Hoklin is the author of several horror novels which ...

Power Sources

We live in an age of imminent resources crisis, anxiously anticipating the depletion of fossil-fuel reserves even while we become reluctant to rely on Nuclear Energy because of the Pollution problems caused by radioactive wastes and the necessary expense of decommissioning obsolete, contaminated installations. New options rely either on discoveries not yet made – the development of nuclear-fusion reactors, or of more ...

Bell, William Dixon

(1865-1951) US author of Young Adult adventure novels, including The Lost Aviators: A Story of Adventure (1924), a Lost Race tale in which a young aviator (see Airplane Boys) discovers a Mayan civilization in Honduras; The Moon Colony (1937), in which the protagonists, adventurously travelling to the Moon, find there a ...

Maxon, J G

(?   -    ) US author of two unremarkable Technothrillers, Progeny (1989) and Lethal Delivery (1991). [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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