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Welcome to the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, Fourth Edition. Some sample entries appear below. Click here for the Introduction; here for the masthead; here for Acknowledgments; here for the FAQ; here for advice on citations. Find entries via the search box above (more details here) or browse the menu categories in the grey bar at the top of this page.

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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 ...


We do not intend to make here – or to quote – any sustained theoretical argument about the nature of fabulation as the term was conceived by Robert Scholes in The Fabulators (1967) and amplified in his Structural Fabulation (1975). Our inevitable starting point is Genre SF, a central concern throughout this encyclopedia being to focus on its nature and upon its evolution and exfoliations over ...

Vernon, Roger Lee

(1924-2017) US schoolteacher and author whose awkwardly routine early sf is contained in an assemblage of original stories, The Space Frontiers (coll 1955), which are mostly Space Opera tales of interplanetary warfare; and the novel Robot Hunt (1959) (see Robots). The very much more recent The Fall of the American Empire – 2013: A Remembrance of Things Future (2010) is told from the year ...

Reid, Ruthanne

(?   -    ) US author whose Science Fantasy novel The Sundered (2012) is set on a planet, which the reader suspects may well be a deeply Ruined Earth, nearly covered by poisonous black water where creatures with Magic powers live. The Ecology of this world is inimical to its surviving human population, as is discovered. ...

Bueso, Emilio

(1974-    ) Spanish author, considered one of the most important writers of new speculative fiction in Spain. He published eight Horror and sf novels, two collections and about thirty short stories, mainly horror tales; his work has been the subject of academic criticism. / His first novel was Noche cerrada ["Dead of Night"] (2007), a horror story set in the present day but related to an event ...

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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