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Although a common item of sf Terminology, this word is (or has been) used in three different ways. / 1. Charles Fort used it in Wild Talents (1932) as a synonym for "psychokinesis" or, later, Telekinesis; i.e., the ability to move objects by the power of the mind alone. This seems to be the first appearance of the term in print, as is Fort's use of "teleport" as a verb in Lo! (1931). Eric Frank Russell, a staunch Fortean, offers the variant form "teleportate" in Dreadful Sanctuary ...

Hubbard, L Ron

(1911-1986) US author in many genres, including sf and fantasy, and subsequent quasi-religious figure whose founding of Dianetics and in 1952 the Church of Scientology led to much controversy, which has continued into the twenty-first century. As a student in the School of Engineering at George Washington University from 1930, he became acquainted with Paul Linebarger (Cordwainer Smith), a fellow student, who as editor of the Literary Supplement of The Hatchet, the college paper, published ...

Roy, Lillian Elizabeth

(1868-1932) US author perhaps best known for the Polly Brewster series of adventure stories for girls; of some sf interest, The Prince of Atlantis (1929) describes the flight of Atlanteans from volcano-shattered Atlantis; most end up in the headwaters of the Nile, though some have stayed to embed the secret of Atlantis in the Sphinx, which they have constructed for that purpose. [JC]

Reisman, Jessica

(1963-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "The Arcana of Maps" for The Third Alternative #23 in 2000, which became the title story of her first collection, The Arcana of Maps and Other Stories (coll 2019); her sf novel, The Z Radiant (2004), is set in on a planet in a region of space accessible solely through Wormholes, which open only once a generation, at which point the natives tend to succumb to Cargo Cult behaviour, new Technologies and ...

Rothman, Tony

(1953-    ) US physicist and author – son of Milton A Rothman – whose sf novel, The World Is Round (1978), though suffering from excessive length and a confusingly overcomplicated story, creates a Big-Planet venue (see Jack Vance) of some interest, in particular through his descriptions of the long year or Great Year (each day is 750 Earth days long) the tale's protagonists must adjust to. He has also written some books popularizing physics, and several of the ...

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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