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Nevins, Thomas

(?   -    ) US publisher and author, whose The Age of the Conglomerates: A Novel of the Future (2008) is set in a Dystopian Near Future America, in about the year 2050: the land has fallen into the hands of private enterprise; Coots (the elderly) are housed in restrictive Keeps in the American desert; the Chairman of the Conglomerates demands of the protagonist that she apply her Genetic Engineering skills to the task of making him younger. The tale is urgent, ...

Day of the Triffids, The

1. BBC Radio dramatization (1957) of The Day of the Triffids (6 January-3 February 1951 Collier's Weekly; as "Revolt of the Triffids"; 1951; rev 1951; orig version vt Revolt of the Triffids 1952) by John Wyndham. / 2. Film (1963). Security Pictures/Allied Artists. Directed by Steve Sekely (uncredited), Freddie Francis. Written by Philip Yordan, based on The Day of the Triffids as above by John Wyndham. Cast includes Howard Keel, Nicole Maurey, Kieron Moore and Janette Scott. 94 minutes. ...

War of the Worlds

1. US CBS Radio play (1938). Part of the Mercury Theatre on the Air series of plays, the 30 October 1938 dramatization of H G Wells's War of the Worlds (April-December 1897 Pearson's; 1898) was arguably the most famous broadcast ever made; an adaptation by Howard Koch of the novel, in which the original London and environs is replaced by exurban New York, it was produced by and starred Orson Welles, who gained immediate notoriety when a significant number of listeners came to believe that the ...

Mason, Colin

(1926-2020) New Zealand-born Australian journalist, politician – Senator for New South Wales 1977-1987 – and author whose Near Future sf novel, Hostage (23 July-3 August 1973 Melbourne Sun; 1973), sets the beginning of World War Three in Israel and its climax in Australia. The 2030 Spike: Countdown to Global Catastrophe (2003; rev vt A Short History of the Future – Surviving the 2030 Spike 2006) as Colin J Mason is a nonfiction exercise in Futures Studies which describes a ...

Longstreth, T Morris

(1886-1975) US author active from 1915 or earlier; of sf interest is a late juvenile (see Children's SF) tale, Time Flight (1954), in which two contemporary young men are Timeslipped into seventeenth-century Salem at the time of the witch trials, and find themselves in danger. [JC]

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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