Billett, Mabel Broughton

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(1892-1964) Canadian author, in USA from 1936; of her four detective novels, one is of some sf interest. In The Robot Detective (1932), an immobile Robot, fed information through punch-cards (and better perhaps described as a primitive Computer), discusses a case with his/its human operator, who then goes out into the British Columbia landscape to capture the villain. Her fourth novel, "The Smooth Silence" (1936 National Home Monthly), seemingly exposed a Canadian scandal, and was not published in book form; her departure to California may be linked to this event. [JC]

Mabel Broughton Billett

born Hensall, Ontario: 22 December 1892

died San Francisco, California: 3 March 1964

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