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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 ...

Robertson, Wilfrid

(1892-1973) UK author of adventure tales, many of them for younger readers; of sf interest is The Scar on the Film (1939), a Lost Race novel in which a civilization of ancient Phoenicians is discovered in Africa. [JC]


Letter-size saddle-stapled Television magazine printed on a mix of newsprint and middle-grade paper. HSJ Publications. Editor: Robert Strauss. Possibly sixteen issues on a quarterly schedule, 1984 to 1989. / One of the very few publications devoted to Fantasy and science fiction television programmes, this title is now largely forgotten but served an important purpose in the years before the Internet. Television episode guides were ...

Versins, Pierre

The name adopted by French scholar, author and self-styled utopian Jacques Chamson (1923-2001), a survivor of Auschwitz. He began writing sf in the 1950s, publishing several novels, including Les étoiles ne s'en foutent pas ["The Stars Care"] (1954), En avant, Mars ["Forward to Mars"] (1955), Feu d'artifice ["Fireworks"] (Paris: Métal, 1955) and Le professeur ["The Professor"] (1956), and over 20 stories (some with his wife ...

Weston, Susan B

(1943-    ) US author whose Children of Light (1985), set in a Ruined Earth America that had been direly but not terminally affected by Holocaust, treats the possibilities of human survival with warmth and some plausibility. [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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