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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 ...

Blair, Kate

(?   -    ) UK-born author, in Canada from 2008. In her first novel, the Equipoisal Young Adult Transferral (2015), a medical solution (see Medicine) designed to deal with all diseases has deeply affected very Near Future London. The solution, to transfer diseases ...

Robinson, Eleanor

(?   -?1988) US author in whose first novel, Chrysalis of Death (1976), a disastrous primordial germ changes people into beasts (see Devolution). A brave doctor fights the menace; there is soap opera and Sex. The Silverleaf Syndrome (1980; vt The Freak 1985) was a less noticeable incursion into similar territory, in which Biology is horrid (see ...

Williams, Lynda

(1958-    ) Canadian author most of whose work is set in the Okal Rel Universe, intentionally created as a Shared World of future interstellar conflict between rival cultures whose roots lie in Earth's past Colonization of Other Worlds, with a touch of Medieval Futurism in its ruling Houses, princes and empires. The first-published volume ...

Dark Conspiracy

Role Playing Game (1991). Game Developers' Workshop (GDW). Designed by Lester Smith. / The world of Dark Conspiracy is one of disintegration, in which both society and reality have begun to collapse. It is set in a twenty-first century where, as in Dark Future (1988), economic failure and ecological breakdown have led to political fragmentation; the superpowers of the previous century have broken up ...

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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