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Merrill, Albert Adams

(1873-1952) US airplane designer, founder of the Boston Aeronautical Society in 1894, a solo pilot from 1911; a wind tunnel, built according to his specifications at Caltech in the 1940s, was dedicated to him in 1950. He is the author of a well-known Utopia, The Great Awakening: The Story of the Twenty-Second Century (1899), in which a nineteenth-century American, reincarnated into the body of a man named Pangloss (see ...

Hoyle, Geoffrey

(1941-    ) UK author, author of several sf novels with his father, Fred Hoyle (whom see for details). 2010: Living in the Future (1972) is a nonfiction exercise in Futures Studies for children. [JC]


Film (1951). Columbia. Produced, written and directed by Arch Oboler. Cast includes James Anderson, Susan Douglas, Charles Lampkin, Earl Lee and William Phipps. 93 minutes, cut to 89 minutes (UK). Black and white. / The first "after the bomb" Post-Holocaust film, Five concerns five US survivors: a mountaineer, a pregnant girl, a token Black, a cashier and an adventurer. This is a gloomy art film with ...

Green, Edwin

(?   -?   ) US author, possibly pseudonymous, known only for the Goliath series comprising Air Monster (1932) and Secret Flight (1933), marginally Near Future aviation tales for children (see Airship Boys) featuring a giant zeppelin described in terms just in advance of contemporary Technology. In the first tale, the Goliath rescues the ...

Yates, W R

(1950-    ) US author of Diasporah (1985), a tale which moves from the Near Future destruction of Israel (and Islam) in a nuclear Holocaust to the re-establishment of a Zionist state in a Space Habitat orbiting beyond the Moon; but New Israel is also under threat (see Politics; ...

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 ...

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