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Moore, David A

(1814-?   ) US author of The Age of Progress: Or, a Panorama of Time, in Four Visions (1856), a composite volume in which essays in Biblical typology are set against assays into Future History: for instance, Part One depicts the world of 3000 CE specifically as Eden reborn. [JC]

Rall, Ted

(1963-    ) US author of a Graphic Novel, 2024 (graph 2001), a Satire of Near Future corporate America – here known as Canamexicusa – explicitly using George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949) as its model. Moments of Orwellian hectic intensity, in this case, tend to explode into spoof. [JC]

James, Dakota

Pseudonym used for his fiction by US academic Bernard Joseph James (1922-2010), whose sf novels Greenhouse: It Will Happen in 1997 (1984) and its sequel, Milwaukee the Beautiful (1987), are set in a Near Future Wisconsin gradually isolated from the rest of a balkanized America by the greenhouse effect (see Climate Change). In the first James riskily assumes that the effect will be gravely consequential by 1997; but the second, set in 2013, more agilely explores the implications of an Invasion ...

Flight of the Navigator

Film (1986). Producers Sales/New Star Entertainment/Walt Disney. Directed by Randal Kleiser. Written by Michael Burton, Matt MacManus, based on a story by Mark H Baker. Cast includes Veronica Cartwright, Joey Cramer, Cliff De Young, Howard Hesseman and Paul Mall. 89 minutes. Colour. / Made for children, this might – one would think – be rather disturbing for them. A 12-year-old (Cramer) returns home after a fall and finds the wrong people living there. The police take him to ...

Space Flight

Flight into space is the classic theme in sf. The lunar romances of Francis Godwin, Cyrano de Bergerac et al. are the works most commonly and readily identified as Proto SF. In modern times, as Genre SF spilled out of print into the Cinema, Radio and Television, many of the archetypal works produced for these media were romances of space travel. Flight into space provides the stirring climax of the film Things to Come (1936) and the subject-matter of such Spacesuit Films as Destination Moon ...

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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