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Hartmann, Franz

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(1838-1912) German medical doctor, astrologer and author, a central figure (along with his associate Helena Blavatsky) in Theosophy, whose doctrines he espoused throughout his literary career. He wrote in both German and English; German originals for titles cited only in English have not been found. From his large output, of some moderate sf interest are An Adventure Among the Rosicrucians: By a Student of Occultism (1887) (see Johann Valentin Andreae), set partly in a Tibetan Lost World, and The Talking Image of URUR (first version 15 December 1888-February 1889 Lucifer: A Theosophical Monthly; 1890), the latter set in the Utopian City of Kakodumbala in Africa, from which perspective a Satire of Earthly Religions is mounted. Of slightly more general interest may be Unter den Gnomen im Untersberg: eine sonderbare Geschichte (1892; trans as Among the Gnomes: An Occult Tale of Adventure in the Untersberg 1895), in which a scientist discovers a Lost Race of gnomes Underground, teaches them modern civilization and Technology; consequently, they all die. [JC]

Franz Hartmann

born Donauwörth, Kingdom of Bavaria [now Germany]: 22 November 1838

died Kempten im Allgäu, German Empire [now Germany]: 7 August 1912

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