(1888-1956) UK academic, inventor and writer, president of the British Interplanetary Society for a period; in 1917, during his service in World War One, he was partially responsible for the Invention of a flying bomb, though it seems never to have been used (he claimed it was essentially identical to a Rocket used by the Germans in 1942). 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
works as editor
- Wireless Possibilities (London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner and Company, 1924) [nonfiction: chap: in the publisher's To-day and To-morrow series: hb/nonpictorial]
- The Future (London: Routledge, 1925) [nonfiction: hb/]
- Our Wonderful World of Tomorrow: A Scientific Forecast of the Men, Women, and the World of the Future (London: Ward, Lock and Co, 1934) [nonfiction: hb/]
- Science Looks Ahead (Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, 1942) [anth: chiefly by Low but including specialist contributions from Julian Huxley and others: hb/]
- It's Bound to Happen (London: Burke, 1950) [nonfiction: hb/]
about the author
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