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Futuristic Science Stories

UK pocketbook-size magazine, published by John Spencer, London. Edited by John S Manning, a pseudonym of publishers Samuel Assael and Maurice Nahum. 16 issues, numbered, undated, 1950-1958; #1-#15 appeared 1950-1954; #16 did not appear until 1958. / Futuristic Science Stories was one of four almost identical low-quality sf magazines – all of minimal interest – published by Spencer in the 1950s; the others were Tales of Tomorrow, Wonders of the Spaceways and Worlds of Fantasy. ...


One of the oldest and once most commonly used items of sf Terminology. Early hack writers, casting around for ways of making the future seem more different and exciting than the present, generally hit upon the vidphone before anything else – though Hugo Gernsback in Ralph 124C 41+: A Romance of the Year 2660 (April 1911-March 1912 Modern Electrics; exp as fixup 1925; rev 1950) called it the Telephot. It was long one of sf's many futuristic Clichés. In the 1979 edition of this ...

Holloway, Michael

(1952-    ) US author whose Near Future novel, Empath (1993), treats the AIDS crisis in medical Technothriller terms; during the course of the tale, the cure finally becomes available. [JC]

Gamma World

Role Playing Game (1978). Tactical Studies Rules (TSR). Designed by James Ward, Gary Jaquet. / The original edition of Gamma World is an atomic age fantasy set in the eponymous "third age" of the Earth, a Post-Holocaust world full of psychic Mutants, forgotten super-technologies and devastated Cities. The background is Science Fantasy rather than realistic science fiction, influenced by such novels as Andre Norton's Star Man's Son, 2250 A.D. (1952) and Sterling E Lanier's Hiero's Journey ...

Harrison, Eva

(?   -?   ) UK author whose first book, The Story of a Soul's Unfoldment (1905),describes the author's psychic communication with a ancient Egyptian Priest. Of some sf interest is Wireless Messages from Other Worlds (1915), which contains a range of "spirit" (hence wireless) messages from other planets of the Solar System, giving details of higher forms of life. [JC]

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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