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Renouvier, Charles Bernard

(1815-1903) French philosopher who emphasized in his work – a continuation of the idealism of Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) – that the nature of the world in which we live is necessarily structured by human Perception and cognition, leading to a sustained dislike of concepts of infinity, of the unknowable, and of Transcendence in general. A consequence of his refusal to credit Religion-based assertions as to the nature of an infinite universe in God's hand beyond our senses generated a ...

Russell, John [2]

(1792-1878) UK politician and author, Prime-Minister of Great Britain 1846-1852, and 1865-1866, grandfather of Bertrand Russell; from his early writing career, the title novella assembled in Adventures in the Moon and Other Worlds (coll 1836) features a trip by mechanical Spaceship to the Moon, where a mélange of figures from various narrative traditions can be found, including ghosts of Earthmen, walking Icons who represent abstract Virtues and Vices, and evidences of an advanced ...

Campbell, Hazel

(?   -?   ) UK author of adventure thrillers, one of which is of direct sf interest. The eponymous servants in The Servants of the Goddess (1928), a Lost Race tale set in the Himalayas, are an enslaved race of subhumans (see Apes as Human) who mine for gold and serve as soldiers. The Secret Brotherhood (1929) is a supernatural adventure set in India. [JC]

Sagan, Carl

(1934-1996) US astronomer, planetary scientist and author, professor of astronomy and space sciences and director of the Laboratory for Planetary Studies at Cornell University, and winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Sagan played an active role in the Mars experiments carried out by Mariner 9 in 1971, worked also on the Viking and Voyager projects, and was responsible for placing a message to alien life aboard the interstellar spaceship Pioneer 10 (Jupiter flyby 1973). He was co-founder and president ...

Wyatt, Stephen

(1948-    ) UK author of two Ties to the Doctor Who universe: Paradise Towers (1988) and The Greatest Show in the Galaxy (1989), both in the Doctor Who Target Novelizations subseries. [JC]

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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