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Roberts, Terence

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

Pseudonym of Ivan Terence Sanderson (1911-1973), Scottish-born US author and illustrator on the natural sciences, as in Living Treasure (1941), about wildlife around the Caribbean. As Roberts his sf novel was Report on the Status Quo (1955), a Disaster story set in 1958-1959, after World War Three has catapulted the world into a sudden Climate Change accompanied by a return of the dinosaurs.

As Ivan T Sanderson he wrote several articles on UFOs, beginning with "An Introduction to Ufology" (February 1957 Fantastic Universe), and various books with a relevance to Pseudoscience (see also Scientific Errors), whose subtitles are explanatory. They include Abominable Snowmen: Legend Come to Life – The Story of Sub-Humans on Five Continents from the Early Ice Age Until Today (1961; cut 1968), whose cod-Evolutionary perspective allows him to treat imagined creatures in Apes as Human terms, and two books about UFOs: Uninvited Visitors: A Biologist Looks at UFOs (1967) and Invisible Residents: A Disquisition Upon Certain Matters Maritime, and the Possibility of Intelligent Life Under the Waters of This Earth (1970). Several titles – "Things": Monsters, Mysteries, Marvels, Uncanny, Strange but True (1967), More "Things" (1969), and the summative Investigating the Unexplained: Disquieting Mysteries of the Natural World (1972) – expound the unknown or unnoticed in a Fortean framework (see Charles Fort). [PN/JC]

Ivan Terence Sanderson

born Edinburgh, Scotland: 30 January 1911

died New Jersey: 19 February 1973


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