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News item dated 7 December 2013

Colin Wilson, initially famous for his philosophical exploration of literary and real-world “outsiders” in The Outsider (1956), and later better known for very many nonfiction works on crime and the paranormal, died on 5 December aged 82. His ideas about the unexplored potential of the human mind took sf form in his Cthulhu Mythos novels The Mind Parasites (1967) and The Philosopher’s Stone (1969), and in more conventional sf terms in the late-1980s Spider World sequence. The Space Vampires (1976), a homage to A E van Vogt’s story “Asylum”, was filmed as Lifeforce (1985).

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