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Clément, François

(1925-2005) French author in whose sf novel, Naissance d'un Île (1973; trans Helen Weaver as Birth of an Island 1975), a small group of surviving French officials attempt to re-establish something like civilization on a small South Pacific Island after a devastating war; a trip to Sydney, New South Wales, where they find only a Ruined Earth, determines them to return to the island and cultivate their garden. [JC]

Silent Running

Film (1971). Universal. Directed by Douglas Trumbull. Written by Deric Washburn, Mike Cimino and Steve Bocho, from a story by Trumbull. Cast includes Bruce Dern. 90 minutes. Colour. / All plant life on Earth has been destroyed in the aftermath of a nuclear Holocaust; only vast orbiting Spaceships like Valley Forge, with its external hydroponic domes, still contain Post-Holocaust trees and flowers, the hope being that these may one day be used to re-seed the planet; but then their ...

John, Owen

(1918-1995) UK author, mostly of spy thrillers, whose Computer Takes All (1967) as by John Bourne visualizes a Dystopian outcome to the rise of the Computer; and whose Haggai Godin sequence sometimes comes close to sf, especially The Shadow in the Sea (1972), which ventures into Near Future territory in its description of a mysterious Russian submarine off the British coast. [JC]

Harrington, James

(1611-1677) UK political theorist and author whose The Common-Wealth of Oceana (1656), anonymous, comprises a fictionalized Utopia set in the eponymous Island; it argues for a republican government with strict separations of powers (the treatise was influential in the writing of the American Constitution) and rigorously enforced protection of the poor from their natural predators, the rich. The book was impounded by Oliver Cromwell as Lord Protector of England. [JC]

Podrug, Junius

(1947-    ) US lawyer and author known for "collaborating" with the dead Harold Robbins (1916-1997) on several posthumous novels. After Gary Jennings, author of Aztec (1980) and its sequels, died in 1999, his editor, Robert Gleason and Podrug continued the Aztec sequence with Aztec Blood (2001); two of the later volumes – Gary Jennings' Apocalypse 2012 (2009) and Garry Jennings' The 2012 Codex (2010), both credited to Gleason and Podrug alone – are set in the ...

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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