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Lawrence, Margery

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(1889-1969) UK author almost all of whose work was fantasy, with a concentration on ghost stories and tales of the occult [for Ghost Stories, Margery Lawrence, Occult Detectives and Occult Fantasy see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. The Club of the Round Table sequence comprises various tales told within a Club Story frame; in the Miles Pennoyer sequence, Pennoyer solves various cases, usually involving the occult. Of sf interest is The Tomorrow of Yesterday (1969), which is narrated by one of several Martians (see Mars) to observe primitive man (see Prehistoric SF) and Uplift the species to a more spiritual state; this is accomplished through a psychic process akin to voyeurism which allows them to participate in creature Sex and thus to improve the stock, which may now be called Homo sapiens. The Martians then found Atlantis, but begin to lose their Immortality and other gifts through too close association with their fleshly quasi-offspring. Atlantis sinks. Some relics of Martian wisdom have been buried here and there, but have not yet been discovered. [JC]

Margery Harriet Lawrence

born Wolverhampton, Staffordshire: 8 August 1889

died London: 13 November 1969

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Club of the Round Table

Miles Pennoyer

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