Givins, Robert C

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(1845-1915) Canadian-born real estate developer (including a castle for himself in South Chicago) and author, in US from an early age; his romances were sometimes published as by Snivig C Trebor (his name spelled backwards). His one sf novel, A Thousand Miles an Hour (1913), might stand as a compendium of misunderstood science – examples being the concept of an aeroplane whose vertical screw allows it to remain still while the world turns, and the notion that Gravity stops forty miles up (see Scientific Errors; Transportation). On the death of her father, the heroine inherits considerable real estate in Chicago. [JC]

Robert Cartwright Givins

born Tyendanaga, Ontario: 16 November 1845

died San Francisco, California: 14 April 1915



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