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Korzybski, Alfred

(1879-1950) Polish-born aristocrat (a count) sent after World War One to the USA as an artillery expert. He remained, and wrote a quasi-philosophical text, Science and Sanity (1933), which became the basic handbook of the General Semantics movement, later to prove so influential on the writer A E van Vogt and some others: George Hay was a UK devotee. With the support of a Chicago millionaire, Korzybski set up the Institute of General Semantics in 1938. [PN/DRL] see also: Pseudoscience. /

Doctorow, Cory

(1971-    ) Canadian author and "digital rights activist" (his terminology), who began to publish work of genre interest with "2,000 Year Check-up" for On Spec in 1990, but who came to relatively wide attention with his first mature story, Craphound (March 1998 Science Fiction Age; 2005 ebook), in which Aliens turn out to conceive of the marks and detritus of our human passage over the planet as collectible; bargains are sought and struck. The story intensifies Philip K ...

Wells, Basil

(1912-2003) US author in various genres, including detective stories and Westerns, who began publishing sf with "Rebirth of Man" for Super Science Stories in 1940, and whose generally workmanlike stories is assembled in Planets of Adventure (coll 1949) and Doorways to Space (coll 1951), as well as in the privately published Little Monsters (coll 1956 chap) and Silver Skin and Other Little Monsters (coll 1956 chap). A novel, Sons of Thrane (1952), was also published privately by sf fan Lynn A ...

Clark, Pushman

Presumed pseudonym of Heidi Lampietti (1967-    ). Pushman is the ostensible name of the nephew of Ensign Clark, creator of the (fictional) 1962 sf television series, a transcript of the episodes of which comprise The Adventures of Damian Koehkh, MD: Space Doctor (coll 2004), Fabulations told in a conspicuously gonzo voice. The proper pronunciation of Koehkh is presumably "kooky"; the book is copyright by Heidi Lampietti, who is the author of Best Science Fiction of the Dark ...

Wonder 3, The

Japanese animated tv series (1965-1966; vt W3; vt The Amazing 3). Based on the Manga by Osamu Tezuka, though with new stories. Mushi Productions. Directed by Taku Sugiyama. Writers include Osamu Tezuka and Ichirō Wakabayashi. Voice cast includes Shinsuke Chikaishi, Yoshio Kaneuchi, Yasuo Kojima, Kazuko Sawada and Fuyumi Shiraishi. 52 27-minute episodes. Black & White. / In 1970 the Galaxy's politicians (see Politics) argue over whether our War-riven planet should be saved or ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...

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