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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 ...

Gleason, Robert

(1945-    ) US editor (at Tor Books) and author who published some nonfiction and pseudonymous Westerns before releasing his first sf novel, Wrath of God (1994), a Post-Holocaust tale pitting iconic heroes of a confabulated stalwart American past, who have been transported to the scene by a Time Machine operated by an Apache shaman, ...

Smith, Wilbur

(1933-2021) South African accountant and author born in Northern Rhodesia [now Zambia], mostly in South Africa from early adulthood; most of his works, which are normally divided into long series, are nonfantastic historical and contemporary dramas set mostly in South Africa. One series, the Ancient Egyptian sequence beginning with River God (1993), incorporates some fantasy elements into its primary setting, which is circa 1700 BC (see ...


US Pulp magazine; five issues, December 1940 to July 1941, bimonthly after January 1941. Published by H-K Publications; edited by F Orlin Tremaine. Tremaine, former editor of Astounding, made a brief and undistinguished return to sf-magazine editing with this title. Tremaine wanted to recapture the wonder of Astounding from the mid-thirties, but without the financial support of ...


US tv series (1986-1990). Warner Bros TV for NBC. Created by Paul Fusco and Ed Weinberger. Produced by Tom Patchett. Writers include Fusco, Patchett. Directors include Fusco, Patchett, Peter Bonerz. 25 minutes per episode. Colour. / ALF, an "alien life form" – in the line of extraterrestrial descent from My Favorite Martian and Mork in Mork & Mindy, though also influenced heavily by ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. He began to publish work of genre interest with an sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" in Triquarterly for Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959]; he began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and later in ...

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