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Dix, Maurice B

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(1889-1977) UK-born businessman and author, in Canada from an early age, serving in World War One from 1914 in the Canadian Infantry, where he rose to the rank of lieutenant; mostly active in the 1930s. His contributions to the Sexton Blake Library veer unremarkably into the fantastic. A non-Sexton Blake thriller, The Flame of the Khan (1934), contains fantastic elements, including a gem with occult powers. Some non-Blake tales are of sf interest. In The Golden Fluid (1935), an Oriental cadre of Secret Masters aspire to Immortality through imbibing an elixir of unknown provenance, and by using advanced Technology to preserve themselves. They threaten the world, but are defeated in the end. The Kidnapped Scientist: An Adventure of the Trio of Mount Street (1937) describes the attempts of a master criminal to corner the market in the eponymous scientist's Invention, a Ray that cures cancer by protecting healthy cells while cancerous cells are being destroyed. The subtitle links this title to some nonfantastic crime capers solved by the Trio of Mount Street (not listed below). [JC]

Maurice Buxton Dix

born Barnet, Middlesex [now London]: 21 July 1889

died North Vancouver, British Columbia: 4 February 1977

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