Bidston, Lester

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(1883-1938) UK author of stories for the early-twentieth-century Boys' Papers, including contributions to the Dixon Hawke series of detective tales, and of thirteen Sexton Blake thrillers (some published anonymously) between 1927 and 1939; his only sf book proper under his own name was A Leap Through Space (1921), a tale whose young protagonists visit various planets, including an inhabited Mars. Treasure of the North! A Gripping Romance of Peril & Adventure in the Arctic (1927) as by Paul Hotspur is a Lost Race tale in which a Viking civilization is found at the North Pole. [JC/RR]

see also: Boys' Friend Library.

Lester Bidston

born Liverpool, England: 1883

died Wallasey, Cheshire: 13 September 1938

works

  • A Leap Through Space (London: Drane's, 1921) [hb/]
  • The Space Destroyer (London: Amalgamated Press, 1924) [chap: first appeared 18 November 1922-10 February 1923 Boys' Friend: in the publisher's Boys' Friend Library series: pb/uncredited]
  • Scund the Eternal: The Death Dealer of Venus (London: Amalgamated Press, 1924) [chap: first appeared 3 March-5 May 1923 Boys' Friend: in the publisher's Boys' Friend Library series: pb/Arthur Jones]
  • The Wireless Wizard (London: Amalgamated Press, 1925) [chap: first appeared 17 February-21 April 1923 Pluck: in the publisher's Boys' Friend Library series: pb/uncredited]
  • The Radio Planet (London: Amalgamated Press, 1926) [chap: first appeared 29 September-15 December 1923 Pluck: in the publisher's Boys' Friend Library series: pb/uncredited]
  • The Crimson Claw (London: Amalgamated Press, 1927) [chap: first appeared 15 August-31 October 1925 Gem: in the publisher's Boys' Friend Library series: pb/uncredited]
  • Treasure of the North!: A Gripping Romance of Peril & Adventure in the Arctic. (London: Amalgamated/Boys' Friend Library, 1927) as by Paul Hotspur [chap: first appeared 1 March-17 May 1924 Champion: in the publisher's Boys' Friend Library series: pb/uncredited]
  • Queen of the Skies (London: Amalgamated Press, 1930) [in the publisher's Boys' Friend Library series: pb/uncredited]

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