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Renard, Joseph

(1938-1997) US playwright and author whose sf has been restricted to The Monodyne Catastrophe (August 1970 Venture as "How We Won the Monodyne"; much exp 1977), in which Native Americans attempt to take over the eponymous Power Source. [JC]

Rhine, J B

(1895-1980) US botanist and early promoter – from a position at Duke University – of the nascent science or Pseudoscience of parapsychology, most famously through a series of tests designed to demonstrate the measurable existence, in terms of "abnormal" Psychology, of various forms of extrasensory perception (see ESP; Perception; Psi Powers; Telekinesis; Telepathy). His findings, later disputed for methodological flaws by numerous critics including Martin Gardner and John T Sladek, ...

Ward, David [2]

(1967-    ) Canadian teacher and author whose Grasslands Young Adult sequence beginning with Escape the Mask (2001) places its young cast in a rural world dominated, all the same, by a Dystopian tyranny, which they must escape. Archipelago (2008) takes its contemporary protagonist via Time Travel 14,000 years into the past, where he interacts with ancient peoples then migrating into America from what would become Siberia (see Prehistoric SF). Between Two Ends (2010), a ...

Atlantis, the Lost Continent

Film (1961). Galaxy/MGM. Directed and produced by George Pal. Written by Daniel Mainwaring, based on Atalanta: A Story of Atlantis: A Fantasy with Music (1949), a play by Sir Gerald Hargreaves. Cast includes John Dall, Anthony Hall, Ed Platt and Joyce Taylor. 90 minutes. Colour. / A young Greek fisherman nets and becomes involved with a castaway who says she is a princess from Atlantis. A large, fish-shaped submarine surfaces and they are both taken by a Under the Sea route to the titular ...

Fifth Di ..., The

US low-paying Online Magazine which has been produced by a succession of publishers in various formats. It began as a slim, saddle-stapled, desk-top-published Digest magazine in September 1995, founded by James B Baker (1925-2002) and published bimonthly by Sam's Dot's predecessor company, Pro Mart Publishing, Carmichael, California. Baker wanted his publications to educate, and had Brian A Hopkins as science editor, but although he labelled Fifth Di ... as "adult" it was chiefly aimed at a ...

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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