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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 ...

Webster, J Provand

(?   -?   ) UK author whose The Oracle of Baal: A Narrative of Some Curious Events in the Life of Professor Horatio Carmichael, M.D. (1896) is a complicatedly told Lost Race tale for boys. In 1750, a century before the main narrative begins, an ancestor of the protagonist is seduced by a She figure originally from Africa but now in Scotland; the two become pirates before returning to the hidden ...

Krzhizhanovsky, Sigizmund

(1887-1950) Russian author of Polish ancestry who published extremely rarely, his estimated 3,000 pages of fiction, almost always in short story form, only now being excavated and published in an ambitious ongoing collected edition. His tales, many of which combine the extravagances of Absurdist SF and the generic opportunism of Fantastika in general, give off a characteristic Between-the-Wars flavour, associating him with writers ...

Anastacia-Renée

Preferred rendering of the name of US lecturer, podcaster, poet and author (?   -    ), who is listed as having published early work as by Anastasha Renée, including The Awakening: Feel the Heat (2014), a Young Adult Vampire novel. She is of sf interest for Here in the (Middle) of Nowhere (coll of linked poems 2024) (see Poetry), a ...

MacGregor, Ellen

(1906-1954) US author of children's fiction, most notably the Miss Pickerell sequence beginning with Miss Pickerell Goes to Mars (May 1950 Liberty Magazine as "Swept Her Into Space"; much exp 1951). Lavinia Pickerell, a highly adventurous New England spinster, finds herself travelling to Mars, Under the Sea, and elsewhere; her interest in these adventures is always focused on their scientific implications, ...

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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