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Clock, Herbert

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(1890-1979) US businessman and author, in active service during World War One, apparently senior collaborator with the lawyer Eric Boetzel (1884-1958), whose role was to cut the manuscript in half, on The Light in the Sky (1929), an sf tale set in the Underground Lost World of Atzlan, extending from Mexico into the Gulf of Mexico. Aztecs had retreated here after the genocidal onslaught of the Spanish and have constructed, over the centuries, a culture dominated by the possession of Immortality, high science involving the control of light (see Physics), Telepathy, and – apparently – human sacrifice. The protagonist, lured from combat in World War One by a mysterious girl from this world, causes havoc (as normal). Though the immortal Aztec genius behind the throne has in fact some benevolent impulses, and has plans for interstellar exploits, the usual terminal Disaster puts an end to this. [JC]

Herbert Woodend Clock

born Huntington, New York: 25 October 1890

died Freeport, New York: 17 July 1979

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