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Origin of Man

An abundant literature dealing with the remote ancestry of the human species inevitably sprang up in the wake of the theory of Evolution, as propounded by Charles Darwin (1809-1882). T H Huxley (1825-1895), the principal champion of Darwinism, published the classic Evidence as to Man's Place in Nature (1863), and Darwin himself wrote The Descent of Man (1871) soon after. The main point at issue was, as Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881) put it, "the question of whether Man is an ape or an angel". ...

Thirty Foot Bride of Candy Rock, The

Film (1959). Columbia Pictures. Produced by Lewis J Rachmill. Directed by Sidney Miller. Written by Rowland Barber, Arthur Ross and Lawrence L Goldman from an original story by Jack Rabin and Irving Block. Special effects by Rabin, Block, and Louis DeWitt. Cast includes Lou Costello, Gale Gordon and Dorothy Provine. 75 minutes. Black and white. / Arnie Pinsetter (Costello) is a scrap dealer and amateur Scientist in love with Emmy Lou Raven (Provine). However, he refuses to marry her until ...

DeMarinis, Rick

(1934-2019) US author whose first novel, A Lovely Monster: The Adventures of Claude Rains and Dr Tellenbeck (1975), applies a sharply fabulistic eye (see Fabulation) to Southern California and to the Frankenstein myth. Scimitar (1977), set in a similar region of California, is an anatomical Satire of the panicky responses of urban America to the imploding Near Future. Cinder (1978), contrastingly, celebrates an old man's last days, which he spends (in every sense) in the company of a genie, ...

Computer Role Playing Game

Term used to describe a form of Videogame derived from pen and paper Role Playing Games. This entry only deals with the single player variant; the Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game, a related form in which many individuals share the same virtual world, is considered under Online Worlds. Computer Role Playing Games are characterized by detailed and extensive fictional settings and by the existence of characters wholly or partially controlled by the player who have markedly different ...

Kahn, Herman

(1922-1983) American mathematician, political scientist and high-profile practitioner of Futures Studies. He worked 1947-1959 with the RAND (Research and Development) Corporation, and was subsequently director of the Hudson Institute, a body devoted to forecasting, and producing political, economic and military scenarios of the future. In his day Kahn was one of the most influential and best-known workers in this area, though many argued that the kind of analysis for which he stood was ...

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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