Theobald, Robert

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(1929-1999) Indian-born economist and author, in UK from 1945, in US from around 1960; an exponent of the need for alternative technologies and strategies to survive the turn of the century (see Futures Studies); his several texts culminate in An Alternative Future for America's Third Century (1976). His sf novel, Teg's 1994: An Anticipation of the Near Future (1972) with James Maurice Scott (1906-1986), carries on these concerns through a series of dialogues between George Orwell-Fellowship-winner Teg and various interlocutors who discuss the course of history leading up to 1994, a time less bad than it might have been (because alternative technologies were employed), hence the name of the fellowship she has won. The book, originally circulated in mimeographed form in 1969, was written to elicit readers' responses, and 60pp of the first printed edition contain readers' and authors' comments. [JC/PN]

Robert Theobald

born Madras, India: 11 June 1929

died Spokane, Washington: 27 November 1999

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