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de Saint-Martin, Louis Claude

(1743-1803) French philosopher and author, who published most of his nonfiction as by Le Philosophe Inconnu. Much of this output concerned his advocacy of the form of esoteric mysticism known as Martinism, a designation which confusingly refers not to de Saint-Martin but to Martinez de Pasqually (?1727-1774), whose doctrines resemble Rosicrucianism (see Johan Valentin Andreae) and its progeny, including Freemasonry. De Saint-Martin's only fictional work, the fantasticated crypto-Proto SF tale ...

Bernstein, David Siegel

Working name of US data analyst, consultant and author David Jay Bernstein (?   -    ), who began publishing work of genre interest with "A Long Way Up" in Black Petals for Summer 2003 as by David J Bernstein. He is of some interest for the nonfiction Blockbuster Science: The Real Science in Science Fiction (2017), an informal survey of various topics, including comments on Black Holes, Evolution, global warming (see Climate Change), Mathematics and Physics in ...

Cooper, Giles

(1918-1966) Irish actor and screenwriter, a prolific adapter of others' works to radio and television. His original scripts include Loop (1963), about an invasion of present-day Britain from the future, and The Other Man (1964), which he novelized as The Other Man: A Novel Based on his Play for Television (1964), a Hitler Wins tale set in an Alternate History version of post-World War Two Britain, where Hitler, his life extended through Cybernetics, rules. Cooper was awarded an OBE in 1960. ...

Elliott, H Chandler

(1906-1978) Canadian-born physician, university teacher of medicine and author, in the US for many years; he began publishing work of genre interest with "Inanimate Objection" for Galaxy in February 1954. In his sf novel, Reprieve from Paradise (1955), Polynesians have survived an atomic World War Three, and forty centuries after their shocked discovery of the Post-Holocaust world, they have created a worldwide Dystopia plagued by Overpopulation, thanks to a rigid breeding plan. This world is ...

Strange New World

Made-for-tv film (1975). Warner Bros. TV/ABC. Directed by Robert Butler. Written by Walon Green, Ronald F Graham, Al Ramrus. Cast includes Martine Beswick, Keene Curtis, Gerrit Graham, Kathleen Miller, James Olson and John Saxon. 100 minutes. Colour. / The 1970s are littered with television movies representing Gene Roddenberry's repeated attempts at pilot episodes for new television series, though in this case he is not credited. This editing together of two never-aired episodes is a sort ...

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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