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The science of the mind is sufficiently different from the physical sciences for its discoveries and hypotheses to set very different problems and offer very different opportunities to the writer of speculative fiction. Psychology still carries a considerable burden of pseudoscientific conjecture even if one sets aside its close and problematic relationship with parapsychology (see ESP; Psi Powers); a case in point may be Psychoanalysis and the Occult (anth 1953) edited by George Devereux ...


Film (1951). Columbia. Produced, written and directed by Arch Oboler. Cast includes James Anderson, Susan Douglas, Charles Lampkin, Earl Lee and William Phipps. 93 minutes, cut to 89 minutes (UK). Black and white. / The first "after the bomb" Post-Holocaust film, Five concerns five US survivors: a mountaineer, a pregnant girl, a token Black, a cashier and an adventurer. This is a gloomy art film with low-budget, grainy photography, a scientifically bogus explanation for the five's survival, ...

de Camp, Catherine Crook

(1907-2000) US author, married to L Sprague de Camp from 1939 until her death, and who served as his manager and accountant from the beginning of their partnership; additionally, over and above their several registered collaborations, she worked with her husband on many works released by publishers as by him alone, a lifetime collaboration he in fact openly acknowledged. The Raymond Z Gallun Award, for "outstanding contributions to the genre of science fiction", was presented to both authors in ...

Donnelly, Ignatius

(1831-1901) US politician – a US Senator for Minnesota between 1863 and 1868 – and author, famous for his study Atlantis: The Antediluvian World (1882), which was responsible for a considerable resurgence of interest in the legend of Atlantis, and for The Great Cryptogram: Francis Bacon's Cipher in the So-Called Shakespeare Plays (1888), in which he attempted to prove by cryptographic analysis that Francis Bacon wrote Shakespeare's early plays. His most important sf novel was ...

Curse of the Fly

Film (1965). Lippert. Directed by Don Sharp. Written by Harry Spalding, based on characters created by George Langelaan. Cast includes George Baker, Brian Donlevy and Carole Gray. 86 minutes. Colour. / This UK film is the sequel to the two US films The Fly (1958) and Return of the Fly (1959). The confused script is largely a rehash of them, but Sharp's direction, which concentrates on the mental disintegration of the Mad Scientist's wife (Gray), is – occasionally – visually ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...

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