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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 ...

McClellan, Brian

(1986-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Duck Hunt" in Leading Edge for April 2007, and who has focused almost exclusively on broad-gauge fantasy, primarily the Powder Mage sequence beginning with Promise of Blood (2013) [full-length titles only are given in Checklist]. He is of sf interest for War Cry (2018 chap), part Military SF and part, ...

Cole, Charles

(?   -?   ) US author of Visitors from Mars: A Narrative (1901), whose protagonist, frustrated after the failure of his Invention, a heavier-than-air plane, to win earthly success, is approached by a small man from Mars, who persuades him to visit. On arrival, the protagonist is made welcome to the Martian Utopia, whose inhabitants are vegetarian, atheist, extremely ...

Guthrie, Kenneth Sylvan

(1871-1940) Scottish-born Episcopalian priest, academic, teacher, translator and author, in US from 1913. His sf novel, A Romance of Two Centuries: A Tale of the Year 2025 (1919), takes its Sleeper Awakes protagonist from World War One, where he has been infected with sleeping sickness, to the year 2025, where he is partially cured of his illness, finds himself the heir to a huge but disputed fortune, and ...

Cheng Jingbo

(1983-    ) Chinese author and editor at Sichuan Children's Publishing House, deputy secretary general of the Chinese Association of Science and Technology. Such hefty connections within the publishing world, however, postdated her rise as an author, which began with "Xiang Pingguo Yiyang de Sikao" ["Thoughts Like an Apple"] (1999 Kehuan Shijie). Nominated for the Yinhe Award and ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos ...

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