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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 ...

Tong Enzheng

(1935-1997) Chinese archaeologist, cultural anthropologist, museologist and author, whose twin careers of academia and sf writing occasionally entwined. As a historian he specialized in the ancient history of Sichuan, Tibetan archaeology, and discussion of a "southern Silk Road", from China to India in early times, writing many landmark works in the field, not listed below. His first sf story "Wuman Nian Yiqian de Keren" ["A Guest from 50,000 Years Ago"] (1959 ...

Adair, James B

(?   -2018) US author of the WWIII: Behind the Lines series whose three titles are WWIII: Behind the Lines: Target Texas (1990), WWIII: Behind the Lines: Target Nuke (1990) and WWIII: Behind the Lines: Target Iran (1991), all with Gordon Rottman, who is the author of several nonfiction books on military subjects; and of the Deepcore Technothriller series comprising Deepcore ...

Neuce, Jus

Pseudonym of an unidentified female US author (?   -    ) whose first novel, Nocturne (2005), is set on a colony planet (see Colonization of Other Worlds) whose synchronous orbit, which restricts settlements to polders and Keeps along the terminator division, is inimically matched by the rigidly hierarchical structure of the society that has evolved; this is exacerbated by ...

Rogers, Alva

(1923-1982) US author and artist, nicknamed "Red" for the colour of his hair and politics. Long involved in sf Fandom, he drew the covers for a number of 1940s Fanzines as well as some for the (UK) American Fiction series. In the 1960s he published the fanzine Bixel (4 issues September 1962-October 1968) and the one-off Bixeltype (December 1963), the latter comprising an essay ("FTL 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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