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Beeding, Francis

Entry updated 13 February 2023. Tagged: Author.

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Joint pseudonym of UK authors John Palmer (1885-1944) – whom see for his solo work – and Hilary Saunders (1898-1951) for numerous works in various genres, mostly detective novels and thrillers; their sf novels are Near Future political thrillers. In The Seven Sleepers (1925) villainous Germans are kept from starting World War Two; the "sleepers" are powerful financiers who remain in the background while the chief visible enemy is the sinister Professor Anselm Kreutzemark, a Scientist Villain who is adept in Hypnosis and Torture, and whose latest Poison gas (destined for London and Paris) can "destroy all forms of vegetable or animal life within a radius of 400 square kilometres". Lucky coincidences abound, including the Ruritanian touch that the English protagonist drawn by accident into the intrigue happens to be the exact double (see Doppelgangers) of one murderous German agent. In the sequel, The Hidden Kingdom (1927), Outer Mongolia is tempted faute de mieux by the now-fugitive Professor Kreutzemark to undergo Slavery (under him) in order to conquer the world. The One Sane Man (1934) is a Scientific Romance in which a man attempts to enforce world peace by threatening Disaster, in this case via Weather Control. Without Palmer, Saunders also wrote a fantasy, The Devil and X Y Z (1931) with Geoffrey Dennis, writing together as Barum Browne [see Dennis for details]. [JC/DRL]

see also: Crime and Punishment.

John Leslie Palmer

born Paddington, London: 4 September 1885

died London: 5 August 1944

Hilary Aidan St George Saunders

born Clifton, Gloucestershire: 14 January 1898

died Nassau, 16 December 1951



Professor Kreutzemark

  • The Seven Sleepers (London: Hutchinson, 1925) [Professor Kreutzemark: hb/Henry Pitz]
  • The Hidden Kingdom (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1927) [Professor Kreutzemark: hb/Lowenheim]

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