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Clark, F le Gros

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(1892-1977) UK author, mostly of expert, reformist studies in the fields of nutrition and ageing; blinded during active service in World War One; his surname is sometimes given as Le Gros Clark. His first novel, Apparition (1928), speculates on contemporary cultural upheavals in terms short of the fantastic. His sf novel, Between Two Men: A Novel (1935), is set in an implied Near Future, focusing on a complex conflict between an embryologist and the doctor who murders the former's new-born child when he recognizes that it would grow up into a Superman and mark the demise of homo sapiens; after being found guilty of murder, the doctor is rescued by the Telepathic "freak" (see Apes as Human) whom he had rescued from a carnival. The complex focus on issues of Evolution, and Clark's clearly expressed meditative l'entre deux guerres pessimism, mark the work as a significant example of the Scientific Romance in its maturity. [JC]

Frederick Le Gros Clark

born Chislet, Kent: 3 September 1892

died Cambridge, Cambridgeshire: 22 September 1977

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