Entry updated 3 April 2023. Tagged: Author, Theatre.
(1926- ) UK film director, screenwriter, playwright and author who is of sf interest for The Paradise Man: A Black and White Farce (1969), a Near Future tale in which worldwide Future War is conducted between dominating Black nations and the rest, but according to agreements to maintain the conflict at the level necessary to keep the international economy in good health. He co-wrote the screenplay for The Mind of Mr Soames (1969). His short play, Decibels (performed 1969; in Prompt Three: Five Short Plays [anth 1976]), describes a Near Future Dystopia whose Overpopulation is so excessive that noise is constant, and children can only be born when someone dies; euthanasia is extolled.
Hale should not be confused with the historian Sir John Hale (1923-1999), author of a Young Adult fantasy, Great-Uncle Toby (1951); or with John Hale (?1931-2023), publisher of Robert Hale Limited from 1956 to 2020. [JC]
John Barry Hale
born Woolwich [ie London]: 5 February 1926
- The Paradise Man: A Black and White Farce (London: Rapp and Whiting, 1969) [hb/Tom Adams]
- Decibels in Prompt Three: Five Short Plays (London: Hutchinson, 1976) [plays: anth: edited by Alan Durband: first performed 1969 Everyman, Liverpool: hb/]
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