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Morris, Henry O

(1858-?   ) US author of a Near Future tale of social discontent and revolution, Waiting for the Signal (1897), which climaxes in a benevolent secret society's successful overthrow of the plutocrats of America. [JC]

Futures Studies

"Futures Studies" is the most common name for the interdisciplinary study of potential future developments and conditions. It has displaced earlier terms like Futurology and Futuristics which reflected the goal of creating a new discipline with mathematical tools capable of accurate Prediction. Frequent failures of prediction have tempered that ambition and complexity theory has highlighted the inability of any forecasting methods to capture the inherent uncertainties of open, nonlinear systems ...

Mullen, R D

(1915-1998) US sf critic and scholar, now emeritus professor of English at Indiana State University. Mullen was a founding member of the Science Fiction Research Association. In 1973 he established Science Fiction Studies and was its publisher and, with Darko Suvin, its co-editor through 1978; he returned to the journal as an editor in 1991 and managing editor from the November 1991 issue. He and Suvin also edited Science-Fiction Studies: Selected Articles on Science Fiction 1973-75 (anth 1976) ...

Newman, Sandra

(1965-    ) US author whose later fiction is oF sf interest, though her earlier work edges deftly out of mimetic constraints, an instance being her first novel, The Only Good Thing Anyone Has Ever Done (2002), whose hallucinatedly fragmented narrative renders a dislocated America almost graphically enough to register as an exercise in Fantastika. Her third novel, The Country of Ice Cream Star (2014), is set in a moderately distant Near Future Ruined Earth version of America; ...

Quatermass Experiment, The

UK tv serial (1953). BBC TV. Produced and directed by Rudolph Cartier. Written Nigel Kneale. Cast includes Ian Colin, Isabel Dean, Hugh Kelly, Duncan Lamont, Reginald Tate and Paul Whitsun-Jones. Six 30-minute episodes. Black and white. / Only two episodes of The Quatermass Experiment have survived, as in its very early days the BBC rarely filmed dramatic presentations, and for budget considerations ceased doing so in this instance for the remaining four episodes (with technical advances, ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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