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Jones, Raymond Fisher Nickname: David Anderson (David Anderson). American novelist. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, graduated from college with degrees in engineering and philology; worked as a radio engineer, after which he completely switched to literary activity. First publication – “Test of the Gods” (1941). The story “The Noise Level” (1952; Rus. 1967) brought fame to the author – a classic example of a conceptual revolution: after the demonstration of a documentary video about the tests of the first anti-gravity device, the sought-after discovery was actually made by a group of “inspired” scientists; sequels – “Commercial Secret” (1953) and “School” (1954). Jones` stories are included in The Toymaker (1951) and The Non-Statistical Man (1964). Jones` first novel, Renaissanse (1944; 1951; others – Man of Two Worlds), which many critics consider his best work, takes place in parallel worlds. The plot of the novel “Alien” [The Alien] (1951), which has nothing to do with the film of the same name, is built around the discovery of an artifact of another civilization in the Asteroid Belt. This Island Earth (1949-50; 1952) is a well-written space opera; aliens use Earth as a weapons workshop to fight another aggressive galactic race and for the same purpose kidnap Earth scientists, plunging them into a state of suspended animation; was successfully filmed. Jones is also best known for his novels in detective SF: Son of the Stars (1952), Planet of Light (1953), and The Year When Stardust Fell. 1958).

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