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Holgate, Jerome B

(1812-1893) US author of A Sojourn in the City of Amalgamation in the Year of Our Lord 19— (1835), a self-published Dystopia set in a Near Future City in Upstate New York where miscegenation is legally enforced, over against every decent instinct of whites, who (Holgate's anti-Abolitionist venom must have seemed grotesque even in 1835) faint at the smell of Blacks. Noachidæ: Or, Noah and His Descendants (1860) is a very much less offensive Lost Race tale set in Antediluvian times. ...

Butler, Robert Olen

(1945-    ) US author, much of whose early work intensively capitalized on his experience in the American Army Military Intelligence in Vietnam 1969 to 1972, when he learned to speak Vietnamese. Countrymen of Bones (1983) offers just short of literal Fantastika some analogies between an archaeological mystery and nuclear tests. Some of his later work – like the stories assembled in Tabloid Dreams (coll 1996), each story narrated by someone who has literally experienced ...

Walton, Nathan

(?   -?   ) US author of Utopia Right Around the Corner (Non-Factual: A Story of Fiction Told as if it were Factual) (1941), a Future History beginning in 1942, early in the presidency of Henry A Wallace (1888-1965), presumably after the death of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, as he was in reality vice-president until 1945. Under Wallace, rapid action is taken towards the transformation of America into a socialist Utopia. [JC]

Kahn, Herman

(1922-1983) American mathematician, political scientist and high-profile practitioner of Futures Studies. He worked 1947-1959 with the RAND (Research and Development) Corporation, and was subsequently director of the Hudson Institute, a body devoted to forecasting, and producing political, economic and military scenarios of the future. In his day Kahn was one of the most influential and best-known workers in this area, though many argued that the kind of analysis for which he stood was ...

Gallun, Raymond Z

(1911-1994) US author and technical writer, born and educated in Wisconsin, a considerable traveller in later years. He began publishing sf stories at the age of eighteen in November 1929, with "The Space Dwellers" in Wonder Stories and "The Crystal Ray" in Air Wonder Stories. In the 1930s he made a 1932 contribution to Hugo Gernsback's Science Fiction Series [see Checklist] and published frequently in F Orlin Tremaine's Astounding, his most famous contributions being the Old Faithful series ...

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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