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Pseudonym of unidentified US author (?   -?   ) in whose Near Future tale, E Pluribus Unum: A Story of Today and of Today's Tomorrow (1936), America is split by a civil war between Fascists and Communists, but recovers: the book ends with the first female President in office. [JC]

Holmes, Guy

(?   -    ) US author whose P.E.A.C.E. (2000) is a Near Future Dystopia set in a New York oppressed by constant surveillance that has transformed the city into a Police Enforced Anti-Crime Environment (note acronym). [JC]


In its early years Scientology was known as Dianetics (which see for details), a term still used within Scientology. The word "Scientology" was coined in 1952 by L Ron Hubbard, its founder; two of his books on the subject are This Is Scientology: The Science of Certainty (1955) and Scientology: The Fundamentals of Thought (1956). / The activities of the Scientologists have evolved in many curious and highly publicized ways since 1952. A lively account by a not wholly unsympathetic outsider ...


US animated online series (2019). Amazon Studios, Minnow Mountain, Submarine and Tornante Company. Created by Raphael Bob-Waksberg and Kate Purdy. Directed by Hisko Hulsing. Writers include Raphael Bob-Waksberg, Lauren Otero and Kate Purdy. Voice cast includes Angelique Cabral, Siddharth Dhananjay, Constance Marie, Bob Odenkirk and Rosa Salazar. Eight 23-minute episodes. Colour. / 28-year-old Alma Winograd-Diaz (Salazar) dislikes the routine her life has fallen into and rails against those ...

Zornado, J

(1964-    ) US academic and author whose Future History sequence, beginning with 2050 Volume One: Gods of Little Earth (2007; rev vt 2050: A Future History, Volume 1: Gods of Little Earth 2011), is set partly in the very Near Future and two millennia later, in what has become a virtual Ruined Earth as a consequence of a piling up of Disasters, including global warming (see Climate Change), Ecological degradation, Pollution and War. The plot is driven by the attempts of ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...

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