French novelist and journalist
René Barjavel who may have been the first to think of the grandfather paradox in time travel. He was born in Nyons, a town in the Drôme department in southeastern France. He is best known as a science fiction author, whose work often involved the fall of civilisation due to technocratic hubris and the madness of war, but who also favoured themes emphasising the durability of love.
René Barjavel wrote several novels with these themes, such as Ravage (translated as Ashes, ashes), Le Grand Secret, La Nuit des temps (translated as The Ice People), and Une rose au paradis. His writing is poetic, dreamy and sometimes philosophical. Some of his works
have their roots in an empirical and poetic questioning of the existence of God (notably La Faim du tigre). He was also interested in the environmental heritage which we leave to future generations. Whilst his works are rarely taught in French schools, his books are very popular in France.
René Barjavel’s name is associated with the number of intellectuals whose names are linked to Gurdjieff: Katherine Mansfield, Aldous Huxley, Louis Pauwels, Rene Daumal, Peter Brook and to name a few.
Rene Barjavel series "the Man in Question", Sunday August 7, 1977, 20. 30 on FR3. Anne Sinclair animates a debate where the author is questioned by Louis Pauwels his friend, Raymond Castans, Pierre Démeron and Jean-Louis Ezine.
In All Letters. Emission of January 08, 1969 on the 1st French televised chain, concerning the novel of Rene Barjavel "the Night of times", with the participation of Louis Pauwels, Jacques Bergier, Jean Ferniot, Andre Cayatte, Roger Chaplain-Midy and Pierre Cardin.