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Wooldridge, C W

(1847-1908) UK physician and author, in USA from childhood. In his Near Future Utopia, Perfecting the Earth: A Piece of Possible History (1902), a charismatic figure resembling Theodore Roosevelt begins to transform America by setting the army – idle in 1913 because there are no wars about to happen – to the task of building the West on utopian lines. Their climactic achievement is a utopian City-state in California, which by 1947 features Weather Control, sustainable industries, ...

Mission Mars

Film (1968). Red Ram Productions. Directed by Nicholas Webster. Written by Michael St Clair, based on a story by Aubrey Wisberg. Cast includes Nick Adams, Michael DeBeausset, George De Vries, Heather Hewitt, Bill Kelly and Darren McGavin. 95 minutes. Colour. / Two astronauts – Mike Blaiswick (McGavin) and Duncan (De Vries) – along with geologist Nick Grant (Adams) blast off on America's first flight to Mars, constantly in contact with NASA official Cliff Lawson (DeBeausset). A ...

Kelly, James Paul

(?   -?   ) US author of Prince Izon: A Romance of the Grand Canyon (1910), a Lost Race tale in which conflicting groups of Aztecs interfere with contemporary archaeologists. [JC]

Burgess, Mary Wickizer

(1938-    ) US author, editor and bibliographer, wife of Michael Roy Burgess – that is, Robert Reginald of Borgo Press – from 1976 until his death. Often writing as Mary A Burgess, she collaborated with him on several 1980s essays collected in his Xenograffiti: Essays on Fantastic Literature (coll 1996); on other nonfiction including the Cinema study Futurevisions: The New Golden Age of the Science Fiction Film (1985) with Douglas Menville and Reginald, and The ...

Blackwood, Gary L

(1945-    ) US author, mostly for Young Adult readers, relatively little being of genre interest, tales like The Lion and the Unicorn (1982) – in which marginal fantasy elements attend hints that the Robin Hood story cycle is being evoked – being typical; but The Dying Sun (1989), though its guess that North America will have suffered an Ice Age by 2050 seems unlikely in the first decade of the twenty-first century, intriguingly posits a wilderness America, many ...

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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