Low, A M

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(1888-1956) UK academic, inventor and writer, president of the British Interplanetary Society for a period; in 1917 he invented a flying bomb. His first novel, Peter Down the Well: A Tale of Adventure in Thought (1933), is an educational juvenile told in fantasticated terms; in his first sf novel, Adrift in the Stratosphere (17 February-21 April 1934 Scoops as "Space"; 1937), also a juvenile, the young protagonists accidentally take off in a professor's experimental Spaceships and soon find themselves attacked by irrationally hostile Martians (> Mars) with various Rays and a madness-inducing Basilisk radio broadcast; there are subsequent tours of Utopias set on space Islands. In Mars Breaks Through; Or, the Great Murchison Mystery (1937) a scientist possessed by a Martian can bring about world peace, but seems unwilling to. Flights into the Future (anth 1955) assembles stories and nonfiction about Space Flight; Satellite in Space (1956) is a Space Opera in which humans, including an old-time Nazi, meet Aliens from the Asteroid belt.

Low also wrote several nonfiction Futures Studies prognoses, including Wireless Possibilities (1924 chap) in the To-day and To-morrow series, The Future (1925), the wide-ranging Science Looks Ahead (anth 1942) and It's Bound to Happen (1950; vt What's the World Coming To? 1951). [JC/DRL]

see also: Boys' Papers; Eastercon; To-day and To-morrow.

Professor Archibald Montgomery Low

born London: 17 October 1888

died London: 13 September 1956

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