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Korzybski, Alfred

(1879-1950) Polish-born aristocrat (a count) sent after World War One to the USA as an artillery expert. He remained, and wrote a quasi-philosophical text, Science and Sanity (1933), which became the basic handbook of the General Semantics movement, later to prove so influential on the writer A E van Vogt and some others: George Hay was a UK devotee. With the support of a Chicago millionaire, Korzybski set up the Institute of General Semantics in 1938. [PN/DRL] see also: Pseudoscience. /

Atomic Kid, The

Film (1954). Mickey Rooney Productions/Republic Pictures. Produced by Rooney. Directed by Leslie H Martinson. Written by Blake Edwards, Benedict Freeman, and John Fenton Murray. Cast includes Whit Bissell, Elaine Devry (credited as Elaine Davis), Mickey Rooney and Robert Strauss. 86 minutes. Black and white. / A pair of uranium prospectors, Barnaby Waterberry (Rooney) and Stan Cooper (Strauss) are stranded in the Nevada desert when their vehicle breaks down. They stumble upon an empty house ...

Delap's F & SF Review

US critical Magazine (1975-1978) edited by Richard Delap and published in California by Frederick Patten. 30 issues. Begun in April 1975, Delap's F & SF Review was a monthly magazine devoted to reviews of new (or newly reprinted) American fantasy and sf books; it also contained a full listing of each month's US publications. It was one of a number of such magazines to appear, aimed primarily at libraries, but was unquestionably the most successful. The reviewers included (then) fan critics ...

Lugones, Leopoldo

Working name of Argentine teacher, journalist and author Leopoldo Lugones Argüello (1874-1938), a central figure in the early twentieth century development of sf in that country; he was an extremely early Modernist – Spanish American Modernism flourished circa 1880-1920 – a movement whose goal was to integrate the variegated literatures of Latin America into the dominant European tradition, without losing the autonomy of the native: a task which, if successfully accomplished, ...

Girl with Something Extra, The

US tv series (1973-1974). Screen Gems Productions for NBC-TV. Created by Bernard Slade. Directors included Herman Hoffman, Richard Kinon. Writers included Slade, Lou Derman, Bill Dunn. Cast includes John Davidson, Sally Field, Terri Garr and Henry Jones. 22 30-minute episodes. Colour. / The Girl with Something Extra was a sitcom series featuring Field as Sally Burton, a young woman with powerful ESP abilities; this was her follow-up to the fantasy sitcom The Flying Nun (1967-1970). The ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...



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