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Future Fiction

US magazine. 17 issues November 1939 to July 1943, 48 further issues May/June 1950 to April 1960. Published by Blue Ribbon Magazines, later Double Action Magazines and (from April 1941) Columbia Publications; edited by Charles D Hornig (November 1939-November 1940) and Robert A W Lowndes (April 1941-April 1960). Future Fiction began as a companion magazine to Science Fiction (see Science Fiction Stories), with similar editorial policies. It absorbed its parent magazine in October 1941, changing ...

Knipfel, Jim

(1965-    ) US journalist and author whose Slackjaw column (1987-current) in a succession of fringe papers has a loyal following. His first novel, The Buzzing (2003), is a gonzo tale of Paranoia in a New York increasingly devastated by no longer imaginary Monsters; possibly it was all a dream, though the tale loses interest if deflated in this fashion. Unplugging Philco (2009) is also a Satire, this time set in a more firmly avowed Near Future. [JC]

Michelson, Miriam

(1870-1942) US journalist and author, the long title story of whose The Awakening of Zojas (coll 1910), set in a romantically medievalized Italy, describes the Invention of a form of Suspended Animation; the subject of the experiment, a famous bandit, eventually comes to rule Italy. [JC]

Nogaret, François-Félix

(1740-1831) French bureaucrat and author, intermittently prolific from around 1770 to 1830; he is of sf interest for Le Miroir des événements actuels, ou la belle au plus offrant, Histoire à deux visages ["The Mirror of Present Events, or, Beauty to the Highest Bidder: A Two-Faced Tale"] [for various versions see Checklist below] (1790 chap; trans Brian Stableford as "The Mirror of Present Events; Or, Beauty to the Highest Bidder" in The Mirror of Present Events and Other ...

Kimagure Robot

Japanese animated webseries (2004; vt The Capricious Robot). Studio 4°C. Based on the stories of Shinichi Hoshi. Directors include Yasuhiro Aoki and Yasuyuki Shimizu. Voice cast comprises Toshiyuki Itakura (all male voices) and Megumi (all female voices). Ten two-minute episodes. Colour. / Sometime in the future, The Doctor – a partially Cyborged, slightly Mad Scientist – and his glamorous young assistant build Robots ... / Stories include: A millionaire's robot personal ...

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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