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Seifert, Christine

(?   -    ) US teacher and author whose in whose Young Adult Dystopia, The Predicteds (2011), told in the first-person narrative present by an adolescent girl who becomes involved in the coercive interpersonal dynamics of a Near Future world where behaviour can be predicted. [JC]

White, Robin A

(?   -    ) US author, usually of thrillers; The Flight from Winter's Shadow (1990) is a very Near Future Technothriller in which intrigues surrounding an advanced military aircraft threaten to bring an Ecological disaster, perhaps even nuclear winter. [JC]

Gilliland, Alexis A

(1931-    ) US cartoonist and author who won Hugos as Best Fan Artist in 1980, 1983, 1984 and 1985; he also won the John W Campbell Award for Best New Writer of 1982. As an official in the US Federal Government 1956-1982, serving mainly as a chemist and specification writer, Gilliland was well situated to spoof bureaucracy, though his first sf sequence – the Rosinante trilogy comprising The Revolution from Rosinante (1981), Long Shot for Rosinante (1981) and The ...

Kirk, Hyland C

(1846-1917) US author of speculative nonfiction, including the nonfiction The Possibility of Not Dying (1883); his two books of sf interest are When Age Grows Young (1888), a Utopia set in the Near Future where technological progress has brought felicity and a chance of Immortality; and The Revolt of the Brutes: A Fantasy of the Chicago Fair (1893), a tale of fantasticated Devolution. [JC]

Men Must Fight

Film (1933). MGM Studios. Directed by Edgar Selwyn. Written by C Gardner Sullivan, based on the 1932 Broadway play of the same name by S K Lauren and Reginald Lawrence. Cast includes Phillips Holmes, Ruth Selwyn, Lewis Stone, Diana Wynyard, Robert Young. 72 minutes. Black and white. / This obscure film offers a Future War view of World War Two as seen from 1933, a vision which the passage of time has converted into Alternate History. / Laura Mattson (Wynyard), a nurse in World War One, ...

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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