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Furney, Elliott E

(1848-1914) US medical doctor (based in St Louis, Missouri), inventor and author, whose Culture, a Modern Method (1891) applies techniques that might a century later be described as Genetic Engineering with Lamarckian implications, with the Invention of a process by which unhealthy cellular material is recast and rejuvenated; further experiments, where animals are – perhaps surgically – modified into servitors able to obey orders, are suggested. [JC]

Moore, Isabel

(?   -    ) US author whose Near Future tale, The Day the Communists Took Over America (1961), depicts in Cold War terms what comes close to a full outbreak of World War Three: the Soviets have blockaded America, sink her shipping, block her from Communications with other nations, and introduce a deadly Pandemic; the novel also describes in some detail the life Americans would face under Soviet rule. [JC]

Slavnikova, Ol'ga

(1957-    ) Russian author whose Near Future Satire, 2017 (2006; trans Marian Schwartz 2010), set one century after the Russian Revolution, depicts in exorbitant terms the costs of rampant "freedom", including naked capitalism at its most exploitative, Disasters looming from unchecked Climate Change, Paranoia-justifying conspiracies which if successful will deepen the damage to Russian society and the world. Landscapes are described with elegiac force. [JC]

Mechte Navstrechu

["Meeting a Dream Halfway"] Film (1963; vt A Dream Come True; vt Encounter in Space). Odessa Studios. Directed by Mikhail Karzhukov and Otar Koberidze. Written by Mikhail Karzhukov and Otar Koberidze, based on a draft screenplay by A Berdnik and Ivan Bondin. Cast includes Boris Borisenko, A Genesin, Larisa Gordeichik, Peeter Kard, Otar Koberidze, T Pochepa, Nikolai Timofeyev and Nikolai Volkov. 64 minutes. Colour. / On a Utopian future Earth, cosmonaut Andrei Sayenko (Borisenko) sings a ...

Cross, John Keir

(1914-1967) Scottish editor and author, beginning with Radio scripts for the BBC from before World War Two, his best known series, which he edited and contributed to, being the radio Horror anthology show The Man in Black (8 episodes 1949 BBC), for which he adapted stories by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Robert Louis Stevenson and others. His Television adaptations included John Wyndham's The Kraken Wakes (28 April 1954 BBC). Some of his books for younger children, written as Stephen MacFarlane, ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...

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