(1937- ) UK science journalist (often in the London Daily Telegraph) and occasional sf writer. His sf novels – the Koyama sequence comprising Koyama's Diamond: A Novel of the Far Future (1982) and Labyrinth of Lies (1984) – are set in a Far-Future planetary system with much political intrigue, with some interesting ideas and plot turns; but they are written in a lurid style reminiscent of 1930s Pulp magazines. His more important service to sf has been the publication of a number of nonfiction science books about the future (> Futures Studies), including the bestselling The Next Ten Thousand Years: A Vision of Man's Future in the Universe (1974) as well as The Iron Sun: Crossing the Universe through Black Holes (1977) and From Apes to Astronauts (coll 1980). The topics discussed in these books – mostly to do with physics and speculative technology – are among those much exploited by Hard-SF writers in the 1970s and since. The Giant Leap: Mankind Heads for the Stars (1999) sets further hard-headed speculations on how to achieve manned travel in space over the next decades into a context of politicized arguments about the inevitable primacy of corporate enterprise; the sense that the book is a libertarian tract should not, however, deter readers from benefiting from the clear exposition that survives. [PN/JC]
see also: Black Holes; Terraforming.
Adrian Michael Berry
born 15 June 1937
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