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Harper, Olive

Entry updated 22 April 2020. Tagged: Author.

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Pseudonym of US poet, journalist and author Helen Burrell D'Apery (1842-1915) for at least two tales with some sf interest: The Show Girl: Or, the Cap of Fortune (1902), in which an Underground realm inhabited by a Lost Race of Immortal Greeks with Magic powers is found under Cyprus; and The Sociable Ghost [for subtitle see Checklist below] (1903), much of the latter also being set Underground, beneath a New York churchyard. Of more specific sf interest is A Fair Californian (1889), whose protagonist discovers via a mine in New Mexico access to a Hollow Earth world inhabited by angel-like beings, a race of Feminists that boasts high Technology, Immortality, and access to other planets, where an Apes as Human culture has been encountered. Toward the end of her career, Harper novelized many plays, most of them being nonfantastic melodramas. [JC]

Helen Burrell D'Apery

born Tunckhannock, Pennsylvania: 28 September 1842

died Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: 2 May 1915

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