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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 ...

Mars Needs Women

Made-for-tv film (1967). Azalea Pictures/American-International Television. Produced and directed by Larry Buchanan. Written by Buchanan. Cast includes Yvonne Craig and Tommy Kirk. 83 minutes. Colour. / Dop (Kirk) is leader of an expedition from Mars whose mission is to procure five Earthwomen for breeding purposes. Having mysteriously broadcast "Mars Needs Women" to the US Space Agency, Dop and his four companions reach Earth: there follows a "battle" ...

Wright, Susan

(1963-    ) US author who sometimes signs her work as S L Wright; she is of most sf interest for her contributions to the Star Trek universe, beginning with Sins of Commission (1994) in the Star Trek: The Next Generation subseries. Much of her other work is fantasy, some of it shaped around erotic storylines, though the Slave Trade sequence beginning with Slave Trade (2003) is set in a ...

Woodring, Jim

(1952-    ) American cartoonist, Comic book artist and author. Prone to hallucinations when young, Woodring dropped out of college and after a stint as a garbage collector joined Ruby-Spears Productions as an animator, working on such low-quality shows as Rubik the Amazing Cube (1983) (see Hanna-Barbera) and Turbo Teen (1984-1985), about a teenager who could transform into a sports car. ...

Clagett, John

(1916-2013) US naval officer during World War Two, diplomat, teacher/professor at Middlebury College, Vermont, and author whose first sf novel, A World Unknown (1975), is of some interest for its portrayal of an Alternate-History USA dominated by a Latin civilization that has never been influenced by Christianity – Jesus Christ having never existed. In The Orange R (1978), mutants known as ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...



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