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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 ...

Smeaton, Oliphant

(1856-1914) Scottish editor and author in whose Lost Race tale for boys, A Mystery of the Pacific (1899), three young Englishmen searching for a lost relative penetrate a mysterious Sargasso Sea-like barrier in the South Pacific and are taken in a trireme to a giant Island inhabited – they think exclusively – by descendants of ancient Romans. As the plot thickens, however, they discover ...

Newman, Sandra

(1965-    ) US author whose later fiction is of sf interest, though her earlier work edges deftly out of mimetic constraints, an instance being her first novel, The Only Good Thing Anyone Has Ever Done (2002), whose hallucinatedly fragmented narrative renders a dislocated America almost graphically enough to register as an exercise in Fantastika. Her third novel, The Country of Ice Cream Star (2014), is set in a ...

Hinchcliffe, Philip

(1944-    ) UK television producer, most notably for Doctor Who series, who has also written some Ties for the sequence, including Doctor Who and the Seeds of Doom (1977), Doctor Who and the Masque of Mandragora (1977) and Doctor Who and the Keys of Marinus (1980). In his pomp as a producer, during the years Tom Baker (see Doctor Who) was transforming the role, the ...

Lane, Jeremy

(1893-1963) US author of two Lost Race tales: Yellow Men Sleep (3 May-31 May 1919 All-Story Weekly as "The Fragrant Web"; 1919) features the sophisticated empire of Tau Kuan, whose rulers are descended from the Great Khans, and who have remained hidden in the Gobi Desert sustained by the Drug Koresh as the once-fertile region desiccated, but whose secretive trade in the drug now ...

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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