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Futurology

The word "futurology" is a neologism coined in 1943 by a refugee German professor of sociology, Ossip K Flechtheim (1909-1998), then teaching in a US college; during the course of his American stay, he met and may have directly influenced Isaac Asimov, who was then beginning to publish the Robot/Foundation Future History that dominated his career, and whose central character, Hari Seldon, creates a mathematically-precise psychohistorical set of models permitting accurate Prediction of the ...

MacLean, Katherine

(1925-2019) US author who took a BA from Barnard College, New York, did postgraduate study in psychology, became a quality-control lab technician in a food factory, and subsequently served as a college lecturer in creative writing and literature. Much of MacLean's output consisted of short stories, most of which, including her first, "Defense Mechanism" in October 1949, appeared in Astounding; as in much of her later work, Psi Powers are central. She generally wrote under her own name, although ...

Judge Dredd

1. In Comics, Judge (Joe) Dredd is an ultra-tough, mean, ruthless, granite-jawed lawman of the future Mega-City One. The strip of which he is the Hero (or maybe Antihero) was created by Pat Mills, John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra (artist). It first appeared in 2000 AD #2 (5 March 1977), drawn by Mike McMahon, and more than 1,700 issues later continued to dominate that Comic. In a world after the atomic Holocaust, the millions of survivors are crowded into vastly overpopulated Post-Holocaust ...

Rud, Anthony

(1893-1942) US author and Pulp-magazine editor whose first story seems to have been "The October Blight" for The Green Book Magazine in March 1918. He contributed sf to Weird Tales, The Blue Book Magazine, Thrilling Wonder Stories and others; typical of this work is his first Weird Tales story "Ooze" (March 1923 Weird Tales). He is best known for the Sax Rohmer-esque fantasy The Stuffed Men (1935), which describes the unpleasant effects of a fungus ("ciliated zoospores") that grows within the ...

Hale, John

(1926-    ) UK film director, screenwriter, playwright and author – not to be confused with the historian John Hale, author of Great-Uncle Toby (1951), a Young Adult fantasy – who is of sf interest for The Paradise Man: A Black and White Farce (1969), a Near Future tale in which worldwide Future War is conducted between dominating Black nations and the rest, but according to agreements to maintain the conflict at the level necessary to keep the international ...

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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