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Guirdham, Arthur

(1905-1992) UK physician, psychiatrist and author, usually on topics related to his professional work, though also some speculative works on the occult and the Cathar religion; of sf interest is The Lights Were Going Out (1944), in which a Dystopia succeeds a premature peace that ends World War Two (see Hitler Wins). [JC]

Plato

(circa 429-347 BCE) Greek philosopher, included here partly because his dialogues Timaeus and its appendix Critias (circa 350 BCE) have been taken as examples of Proto SF in their vivid description of Atlantis, a fortified circular Island City on a plateau, embedding in a sketchy (but useful) narrative glimpses of a communal society. The sinking of Atlantis below the sea 9,000 years previously is also mentioned. Significantly, Plato does not date the catastrophe as happening at some unplaceable ...

Tenet

Film (2020). Warner Brothers Pictures in association with Syncopy. Written and directed by Christopher Nolan. Cast includes Kenneth Branagh, Elizabeth Debicki, Robert Pattinson and John David Washington. 150 minutes. Colour. / Tenet is a Time Travel action movie that abounds in visual symmetries and takes its title from the centrepiece of the Sator Square, an ancient Latin word-game which arranges five palindromes into a grid that reads the same in four directions. / A CIA operative ...

Sorel, Edward

(1929-    ) US illustrator, cartoonist and author born Edward Schwartz; he changed his name legally. In Moon Missing: An Illustrated Guide to the Future (1962) the Moon disappears and the early 1960s are satirized. The illustrations are more satisfyingly vindictive than the text. [PN]

Reptilicus

Film (1962). Cinemagic/AIP. Directed by Sidney Pink. Written by Ib Melchior, Pink. Cast includes Carl Ottosen and Ann Smyrner. 90 minutes. Colour. / In this, the Danish cinema's only excursion into the monster genre, the tail of a buried Dinosaur is exhumed and taken to a laboratory where it regenerates an entire new body (see Regeneration), which proceeds to behave like Radon. Generally thought to be the worst Monster Movie ever made, Reptilicus is notable for the visible strings holding ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...



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