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Bennet, Robert Ames

Entry updated 9 January 2023. Tagged: Author.

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(1870-1954) US author who concentrated on Westerns, and author of four novels of sf interest. In Thyra: A Romance of the Polar Pit (1901), three explorers, after nearly freezing to death, discover a Balloon which conveys them to a clement Lost World, hidden near the North Pole and full of prehistoric beasts, bestial ape-men (see Apes as Human), clairvoyant priestesses and unusually tall socialists whose lives are based on memories of old Iceland; it is a good example of the polar Lost World tales popular at the turn of the century. Into the Primitive (November 1907-April 1908 The Scrap Book; 1908), which was filmed as Into the Primitive (1916) director Thomas N Heffron, and Out of the Primitive (1911) are linked Robinsonades. Which One? (May-October 1912 Ladies Home Journal; 1912), set in California, is a Theosophy-coloured tale of Reincarnation and Identity Exchange involving thee interacting personalities.

The Lost World of The Forest Maiden (February 1913 All-Story as "The Second Man"; 1914) as by Lee Robinet is dominated by a flawed Tarzan-like Shapeshifter Superman named Adam (see Adam and Eve), who uses his Psi Powers to create a new Eden, the Eve imprisoned there only being saved from a fate worse than death when, while walking on water in search of her companion young Lilith, he slips and sinks. The Amnesia suffered by the two women (both shipwrecked aristocrats) is down to Adam. The Bowl of Baal (November 1916-February 1917 All Around Magazine; 1975) locates its Mesopotamian Lost World, which is called Baal and where Dinosaurs survive, in an unknown part of Arabia. [JC]

Robert Ames Bennet

born Denver, Colorado: 3 February 1870

died Denver, Colorado: 11 March 1954


  • Thyra: A Romance of the Polar Pit (New York: Henry Holt, 1901) [illus/E L Blumenschein: hb/]
  • Into the Primitive (Chicago, Illinois: A C McClurg, 1908) [first appeared November 1907-April 1908 The Scrap Book: hb/J Allen St John]
  • Out of the Primitive (Chicago, Illinois: A C McClurg, 1911) [hb/J Allen St John]
  • Which One? (Chicago, Illinois: A C McClurg, 1912) [first appeared May-?October 1912 Ladies Home Journal: illus/J V McFall: hb/J Allen St John]
  • The Forest Maiden (Chicago, Illinois: Browne and Howel, 1914) as by Lee Robinet [first appeared February 1913 All-Story as "The Second Man": illus/George Brehm: hb/]
  • The Bowl of Baal (West Kingston, Rhode Island: Donald M Grant, 1975) [first appeared November 1916-February 1917 All Around Magazine: illus/hb/David Ireland]


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