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Shaver, Richard S

(1907-1975) US author, author of some sf stories (some under the House Name Paul Lohrman) but now remembered almost exclusively for his hoax-like sequence of Shaver Mystery stories, presented as based on fact, published in Raymond A Palmer's Amazing Stories 1945-1947, beginning with "I Remember Lemuria" in March 1945 (see Theosophy). It brought over 2500 letters in response, and the sequence boosted Amazing's circulation though at the same time alienating many fans; the June 1947 Amazing was an ...

Leon, Mark

(?   -    ) US author of the Mind-Surfer sequence of Near Future tales – comprising Mind-Surfer (1995), The Gaia War (1995) and The Unified Field (1996) – in the second of which the manufacture of a fully-powered goddess called Gaia brings about a threat of change leading to Disaster in the year 2000, a threat that fades into the background of volume three, as the series' unbalanced protagonists travel to the stars, where Transcendence beckons. ...

Resonance of Fate

Videogame (2010; vt End of Eternity in Japan). tri-Ace. Designed by Takayuki Suguro. Platforms: PS3, XB360. / Resonance of Fate is a Console Role Playing Game (see Computer Role Playing Games) set on a Far Future Ruined Earth where the environment has been made uninhabitable by toxic gases (see Ecology). Survivors persist inside a stratospheric tower which functions as an air purifier; effectively, this structure is a gigantic Keep. Outside the tower, Mutants have evolved to endure the ...

Latimer, Alex

(?   -    ) South African illustrator and author, initially of self-illustrated tales for younger children beginning with the Boy Who Cried Ninja (graph 2011) [not listed below]; he has also written in collaboration with Diane Awerbuck as Frank Owen. He is initially of sf interest for The Space Race (2013), a Near Future tale focused on the troublesome acquiring by South Africa of a nuclear presence, and also the inadvertent launching of an outmoded Spaceship, ...


Pseudosciences are here defined as belief systems which, though adopting a scientific or quasiscientific terminology, are generally regarded as erroneous or unproven by the orthodox scientific community; frequently they not merely disagree with, or are improbable adjuncts to, accepted science but violate its fundamental tenets; several relevant figures and ideas have elsewhere been sorted under the "techno-occultism" rubric, in terms consistent with their presentation in this entry. They are ...

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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