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Barlow, James William

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(1826-1913) Irish cleric and author (mostly on theological issues) whose sf novel, History of a World of Immortals without a God (1891 as by Antares Skorpios; vt The Immortals' Great Quest: Translated from an Unpublished Manuscript in the Library of a Continental University 1909 UK as James William Barlow), presents in note form its protagonist's record of his trip to Venus, where a large population has resided in a state of happy non-Christian socialism for many thousands of years. The inhabitants of the first continent visited by the misogynist narrator find themselves, after death, reincarnated (see Reincarnation) on a second continent far to the south, where they continue their Great Quest for an explanatory principle, or God. His pseudonym was in fact a House Name, as his daughter, Jane Barlow, a well-known author on Irish themes, also wrote occasionally as Antares Skorpios; her use of the name preceded his. [JC]

James William Barlow

born Dublin, Eire: 21 October 1826

died Raheny, Co Dublin, Eire: 4 July 1913



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