Working name of US author Sidney Aaron Chayefsky (1923-1981), most famous for his work as a television dramatist; Marty (produced 1953) marks for many a culmination (and a sign of the passing) of the Golden Age of US television drama. The Tenth Man (theatrical production 1959; 1960) was a Dybbuk fantasy based on The Dybbuk (1920) by S Ansky (1863-1920). His sf novel, Altered States (1978) (see Metaphysics), propounds the highly dubious Lamarckian concept (see Evolution; Pseudoscience) that a person's altered consciousness would alter her/his genetic makeup, in this case – via an intense experience of Sensory Deprivation re-invoking an inward primordial being (see also Apes as Human); it was filmed in 1980 as Altered States; due to disputes with the makers, Chayefsky's screenplay was signed Sidney Aaron. [JC]
see also: Devolution.
Sidney Aaron Chayefsky
born New York: 29 January 1923
died New York: 1 August 1981
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