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Blumenfeld, F Yorick

Entry updated 29 October 2021. Tagged: Author.

(1932-    ) Dutch-born author, in the US from 1941 and latterly in the UK; son of the German artist and photographer Erwin Blumenfeld (1897-1969), about whom he wrote The Naked and the Veiled: The Photographic Nudes of Erwin Blumenfeld (1999). His first sf novel, Jenny Ewing: My Diary (1981 chap; vt Jenny: My Diary 1982 chap) as by Jenny Ewing offers an exceedingly grim Post-Holocaust vision of the UK after nuclear devastation, as seen by the reluctant survivor whose journal, written in a shelter, makes up the text. In 2099: A Eutopia (1999), a journalist from a Dystopian America afflicted by disasters associated with uncontrolled Late CapitalisM is sent forcibly to the "dreaded Eurobloc" in order to report back to NorAm about the horrors there; unfortunately for this plan, he becomes converted to the communitarian, sexually-liberated, Ecologically-sound Utopia that has developed over the twenty-first century, and decides to stay. The nonfiction Scanning the Future: 20 Eminent Thinkers on the World of Tomorrow (anth 1999), also published in the Prospects for Tomorrow series by various authors, assembles essays in Futures Studies. [JC]

Frank Yorick Blumenfeld

born Amsterdam, Netherlands: 11 April 1932


  • Jenny Ewing: My Diary (Fontwell: Centaur Press, 1981) as by Jenny Ewing [story: chap: cover reads "Jenny: Diary of a Survivor": hb/]
    • Jenny: My Diary (Boston, Massachusetts: Little, Brown, 1982) [story: chap: vt of the above: hb/]
  • 2099: A Eutopia (London: Thames and Hudson, 1999) [in the Prospects for Tomorrow series: pb/James Austin]



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