Engel, Leonard

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(1916-1964) US journalist and author, with Emanuel S Piller, of one of the very first Cold War Future War novels, World Aflame: The Russian-American War of 1950 (1947), in which the USA's control of the air – and use of that preponderance in a nuclear first strike – proves insufficient to crush Russia, nor does a subsequent use of Poison gas turn the tide; the Russians soon attack mainland America with nuclear bombs delivered by rockets and the occasional air strike. Both sides eventually turn to biological warfare. The story is written by a newspaperman in 1955, still in the midst of the Holocaust, as a new "five year plan", designed to guarantee victory, is announced. A sombre humaneness invests the final pages. Engel also edited a nonfiction anthology, New Worlds of Modern Science: A Treasury (anth 1956). [JC]

Leonard Engel

born 1916

died 1964

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