Entry updated 29 August 2018. Tagged: Author.
(1944- ) UK journalist and author, for many years resident in the USA, a citizen of that country from 2011, active as a journalist from the 1960s. He is the author of several nonfiction studies of world politics, many of which edge into Futures Studies territory, including Pacific: The Ocean of the Future (2015), which takes a sharply negative view of Japanese industries. He is of specific sf interest for the Near Future Pacific Nightmare: How Japan Starts World War III: A Future History (1992), told as indicated in Future History form; the tale anticipates a 2001 Chinese civil war ignited by the takeover of Hong Kong in 1997, which causes Japan to intervene, risking World War Three (see Yellow Peril): but America drops a third nuclear bomb on Japan, which brings peace. The book was criticized at the time for implausibility. Winchester was appointed OBE in 2006. [JC]
born London: 28 September 1944
works (highly selected)
- Pacific Nightmare: How Japan Starts World War III: A Future History (New York: Birch Lane Press, 1992) [hb/]
- Pacific: The Ocean of the Future (New York: HarperCollins, 2015) [nonfiction: hb/]
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