(1897-1952) Australian-born author, in the UK from 1925, active as an author of short fiction from 1913, beginning to publish novels from 1921; from the mid-1920s he wrote primarily mystery stories, some as by Stephen Maddock or George M White; he wrote some romantic adventures as by Jack Carew, and some of his sf as by H Haverstock Hill. Vandals of the Void (Summer 1931 Wonder Stories Quarterly; 1931), its sequel, "The Struggle for Pallas" (Fall 1931 Wonder Stories Quarterly), are Space Opera tales revolving around an attempted Invasion of Earth and Mars from the planet Mercury; Vanguard to Neptune (Spring 1932 Wonder Stories Quarterly; 1952), in the same mode, is fairly routine. The Secret of the Crater (1930) as by H Hill is a Lost Race tale; the serial "Terror Out of Space" (February-May 1934 Amazing) is also as by Hill. Spies' Vendetta (1936) touches on the Invention of radio-powered aircraft; and Secret Weapons (1940), featuring Walsh's continuing intelligence agent Oliver Keene, deals with the Near Future thwarting of Nazi plans to direct guided missiles against Britain. [PN/JC]
see also: Australia; Outer Planets; Publishing.
James Morgan Walsh
born Geelong, Victoria: 23 February 1897
died Weston-super-Mare, Somerset: 29 August 1952
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