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Bond, Nelson S

(1908-2006) US author and in later years philatelist (he published works in that field) and rare book dealer. He began his career in public relations, coming to sf in April 1937 with "Down the Dimensions" for Astounding. He wrote only two stories under pseudonyms, one as George Danzell in 1940 and one as Hubert Mavity in 1939, although two of his sports stories were reprinted under the House Name Wilton Hazzard. Later in his debut year he published "Mr Mergenthwirker's Lobblies" (November 1937 ...

General Semantics

A quasi-philosophical movement founded in Chicago in 1938 by Count Alfred Korzybski, whose Science and Sanity (1933) was the basic handbook of the movement. General Semantics had a surprising success, peaking in the 1940s and 1950s. It teaches that first unsanity and later insanity are caused by adherence to an Aristotelian worldview, by which is meant the use of the two-valued either-or logic which Korzybski saw as being built into Indo-European language structures. From this simple beginning ...

Rozanès, Alain P

(?   -    ) Author, possibly French, of an sf novel, The Great Confederation of Argos (trans by Melanie Brown 1996), set in Near Future France when it is discovered that all women, including virgins and those past menopause, have simultaneously become pregnant; the affliction turns out to be worldwide. [JC]

Sensory Deprivation

The real-world Technology of the sensory deprivation chamber or tank has been frequently invoked in borderline sf as well as Genre SF. A typical setup might be a tank of lukewarm water in which the suitably garbed subject floats, supplied with air but cut off from such normal senses of Perception as sight, hearing and touch. Sensory deprivation techniques are invoked as brainwashing or conditioning tools in the film Man in the Moon (1960), directed by Basil Dearden, and in James Kennaway's ...

Hammond, Warren

(?   -    ) US author of the ongoing KOP sequence of noir detective thrillers set in a complexly grim City on a colony planet, beginning with KOP (2007) and EX-KOP (2008). The first volumes are powerful though not innovative. [JC]

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...

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