The Info List - John Gloag

John Gloag (10 August 1896 - 17 July 1981) was an English writer in the fields of furniture design and architecture. Gloag also wrote science fiction novels.[1][2] Gloag served with the Welsh Guards during the First World War, and was invalided home after suffering gas poisoning.[2]


1 Writings on design 2 Novels 3 Fiction publications

3.1 Novels 3.2 Short Stories

4 Selected non-fiction publications 5 References

Writings on design[edit] Artifex, or the Future of Craftsmanship (1926), part of the To-day and To-morrow series, was a pamphlet by Gloag that discussed the relationship between artistic craftmanship and mass production.[3] Gloag's A Short Dictionary of Furniture (1969) was a reference book covering the history and types of furniture from the tenth century to the 1960s.[4] Novels[edit] Gloag's first science fiction novel, Tomorrow's Yesterday, (1932) was inspired by the work of H.G. Wells
H.G. Wells
and Gloag's friend Olaf Stapledon.[1][2] [5] Tomorrow's Yesterday is a satire that depicts a race of cat people from the distant future observing human society.[2] [6] In The New Pleasure (1933) a powder that greatly increases the sense of smell causes a social upheaval.[2] Winter's Youth (1934) revolves around a longevity technology, which falls into the hands of a corrupt politician, with disastrous social consequences.[2][7] In Manna (1940) a journalist discovers a plan to develop a fungus that could end world hunger.[2] 99% (1944) is about an experiment to give humans access to their race memory.[2] Later in his career Gloag wrote historical fantasy novels; Caesar of the Narrow Seas (1969), The Eagles Depart (1973) and Artorius Rex (1977).[1][2]Artorius Rex focuses on King Arthur
King Arthur
and Sir Kay.[8] Fiction publications[edit] Novels[edit]

Tomorrow's Yesterday (1932) The New Pleasure (1933) Winter's Youth (1934) Sweet Racket (1936) Ripe for Development (1936) Sacred Edifice (1937, revised 1954) Documents Marked Secret (1938) Unwilling Adventurer (1940) Manna (1940) I Want An Audience (1941) Mr. Buckby is Not at Home (1942) 99% (1944) In Camera (1945) Kind Uncle Buckby (1946) All England At Home (1949) Not in the Newspapers (1953) Slow (1954) Unlawful Justice (1962) Rising Suns (1964) Caesar of the Narrow Seas (1969) The Eagles Depart (1973) Artorius Rex (1977)

Short Stories[edit]

It Makes a Nice Change (1938) First One and Twenty (1946) Take One a Week: An Omnibus of Volume of 52 Short Stories (1950)

Selected non-fiction publications[edit]

The architectural interpretation of history OL 1189718W Artifex, or the Future of Craftsmanship 1926 OL 1189705W A Short Dictionary of Furniture 1969. OL 1189727W Colour & comfort in decoration OL 1189719W The Englishman's castle OL 10417106W Georgian grace OL 1189725W Guide to Furniture Styles English and French 1450 to 1850 London: A & C Black. ISBN 0713612673 Guide to Western architecture OL 1189728W Industrial art explained OL 10417107W Victorian Comfort: A Social History of Design from 1830-1900 1961. London: A & C Black. OL 1189724W


^ a b c Eggeling, John (1994). The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. London: Orbit. p. 499. ISBN 1-85723-124-4.  ^ a b c d e f g h i Stableford, Brian (1995). "The Future Between the Wars: The Speculative Fiction of John Gloag". Algebraic Fantasies and Realistic Romances: More Masters of Science Fiction. Borgo Press. pp. 7–24. ISBN 0893702838.  ^ Julian Holder, Design in Everyday Things:Promoting Modernism in Britain, in Paul Greenhalgh, Modernism in design. Reaktion Books, 1990 ISBN 0948462116 (pp. 129-130) ^ Hazel Conway, Design History: A Student's Handbook. Routledge, 1987 ISBN 0415084733 (p. 61). ^ Nicholas Ruddick, "Science Fiction", in Brian W. Shaffer, John Clement Ball, Patrick O’Donnell, David W. Madden and Justus Nieland, The Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Fiction. John Wiley & Sons, 2010 ISBN 1405192445,(p. 333). ^ Chris Morgan, The Shape of Futures Past: the Story of Prediction . Webb & Bower, 1980. ISBN 0906671159, (pp. 167-168). ^ Angus McLaren, Reproduction by Design: Sex, Robots, Trees, and Test-Tube Babies in Interwar Britain. University of Chicago Press, 2012 ISBN 0226560694, (p. 96-97). ^ Raymond Henry Thompson, The Return from Avalon: a study of the Arthurian legend in modern fiction Greenwood Press, 1985. ISBN 0313232911 (p. 39).

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