Dixon, Dougal

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(1947-    ) UK geologist, palaeontologist and author whose After Man: A Zoology of the Future (1981) provides a quasifactual view of a Far-Future Earth in which Homo sapiens, having exhausted the planet and become extinct, gives way (in a fashion reminiscent of the work of Olaf Stapledon) to succeeding forms of life adapted by Evolution to new-found ecological niches: bats, for example, become highly diversified, including flightless land-walking species. Man After Man: An Anthropology of the Future (1990) similarly considers various future options for the human form, not excluding Devolution but featuring such Posthuman possibilities as a Cyborg-cum-Genetic Engineering adaptation to function in vacuum and zero-Gravity. Dixon's expertise is deployed in a Time-Travel framework, far less taxing in its assumptions, in the Byron Preiss tie, Time Machine #7: Ice Age Explorer (1985), an Interactive-Fiction "adventure gamebook". [JC/DRL]

Dougal Dixon

born Dumfries, Scotland: 1 March 1947


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