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Cummins, Harle Oren

Entry updated 24 October 2022. Tagged: Author.

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US author (1877-1937) who began selling stories to Pulp magazines and newspapers while studying mining engineering at MIT. Of those stories collected in Welsh Rarebit Tales (coll 1902) at least four, including "The Space Annihilator" (September 1901 Argosy as "Martin Bradley's Space Annihilator") and "The Man Who Made a Man" (in Welsh Rarebit Tales; no previous publication traced despite Peter Haining's claim in The Frankenstein Omnibus, anth 1994, that it appeared in McClure's Magazine), have considerable sf interest. In the former story a Matter Transmitter is introduced. Some of Cummins's other tales are Fantasy, occasionally showing the influence of Ambrose Bierce. A few more newspaper stories remain uncollected. Cummins appears to have stopped writing not long after graduating in 1902 and beginning his engineering career. [JC]

Harle Oren Cummins

born East Montpelier, Vermont: 11 July 1877

died Sacramento County, California: 8 October 1937



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