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Barrett, William E

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

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(1900-1986) US amateur pilot and author, many of whose stories were nonfantastic recounts of World War One combat; he had published Flight from Youth (1939) before the war, later incorporating it into The Edge of Things (coll 1960), whose three stories all relate in some way to flying. Much earlier, he began publishing short stories with "The Music of Madness" for Weird Tales, March 1926. His sf novel, The Fools of Time (1963), unconvincingly posits an Immortality Drug based on cancer. Lady of the Lotus (1975) is a fantasy about the Buddha which focuses on his wife. In his last years Barrett turned to Christian hagiography. [JC]

William Edmund Barrett

born New York: 16 November 1900

died Denver, Colorado: 14 September 1986



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