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Barnes, Arthur K

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

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(1909-1969) US pulp author, known also for his works outside the sf field, who was intermittently active in sf until about 1946, beginning with "Lord of the Lightning" for Wonder Stories in December 1931. His Gerry Carlyle series of Space Opera tales – in which Miss Carlyle and a sidekick hunt down various Aliens, carefully designated as non-sentient, for the London Interplanetary Zoo – was worked up into Interplanetary Hunter (stories June 1937-Winter 1946 Thrilling Wonder; fixup 1956), which combines five of the original stories, omitting "The Dual World" (June 1938 Thrilling Wonder) and "The Energy Eaters" (October 1939 Thrilling Wonder). The latter story – and likewise "The Seven Sleepers" (May 1940 Thrilling Wonder), which became part of the fixup – was written with Henry Kuttner and used his character Tony Quade. Barnes sometimes used the House Name Kelvin Kent, occasionally solo, though mostly with Kuttner with whom (writing together as Kent) he published 12 Peter Manx Time Travel stories (1939-1940) with often punning titles and joking inside, beginning with "Roman Holiday" (August 1939 Thrilling Wonder). Another pseudonym was Dave Barnes, used for two short collaborations with Norbert Davis (1909-1949). [JC]

see also: Games and Sports; Outer Planets; Thrilling Wonder Stories.

Arthur Kelvin Barnes

born Washington State: 6 December 1909

died Los Angeles, California: 11 March 1969



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