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Kinross, Albert

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

(1870-1929) UK soldier, editor, journalist and author in various genres, of sf interest for The Fearsome Island: Being a Modern Rendering of the Narrative of one Silas Fordred, Master Mariner of Hythe, Whose Shipwreck and Subsequent Adventures Are Herein Set Forth, Also an Appendix Accounting in a Rational Manner for the Seeming Marvels that Silas Fordred Encountered During his Sojourn on the Fearsome Island of Don Diego Rodriguez (1896), the subtitle being explanatory. The recently discovered manuscript of a shipwrecked sixteenth-century adventurer describes in supernatural terms his experiences on a mysterious Island in the Antilles full of alarms and delights, from which he escapes. The discoverer of his manuscript explains in an Appendix that these marvels are all the Inventions of Don Diego Rodriguez, a Mad Scientist exiled to America before Christopher Columbus. The huge mechanical man is a kind of Robot; the magical castle is (in twentieth-century terms) alarmed; the mute human turns out to be a Caliban-like Monster; Fordred and the mute escape the island on a motorboat. Some of the stories in Within the Radius: An Entertainment (coll 1901) are sf. It is possible that Albert Kinross was not this author's original name. [JC]

Albert Kinross

born Hampstead, Middlesex [now London]: 4 July 1870

died Tunbridge Wells, Kent: 18 March 1929



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