(1876-1956) US-born author, in Canada from childhood; active in magazines like The Black Cat from 1898 till around 1930, his most famous individual story being "Finis" (June 1906 Argosy), in which a deadly Ray, or perhaps more accurately radiance – generated by a giant star at the centre of the universe – causes the End of the World in the 1930s; facing certain death, the protagonists make love. Early novels, like The Frozen Fortune (June-September 1908 Argosy; 1910), are of marginal interest; of his later work, The Glacier Gate: An Adventure Story (1926) is a Lost World tale featuring Incan treasure embedded in a glacier, and Jupiter Eight (1936) follows the consequences of the Invention of a super-fast car. [JC]
see also: The Argosy; The Cavalier; Transmutation.
Francis Lillie Pollock
born Franklin, Tennessee: 4 February 1876
died Georgetown, Ontario: 1956
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