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Collins, Gilbert

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(1890-1960) UK author in various genres, whose two Lost-World novels are of sf interest. The Valley of Eyes Unseen (1923) finds a Tibetan hidden valley inhabited by scientifically advanced descendants of Alexander the Great's Greeks, from whom the protagonist eventually escapes by purloining one of their Inventions, mechanical wings (see Flying). In The Starkenden Quest (1925) an Underground civilization is located somewhere north of Khmer, whose primordial dwarf inhabitants (they are not throwbacks, as Evolution seems to have passed them by) are enthralled by an Immortal blonde priestess (who nevertheless dies), and a great flood ends the tale. [JC]

Gilbert Henry Collins

born Southampton, Hampshire: 1890

died 1960



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