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Loomis, Noel

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

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(1905-1969) US author and editor, active in the magazine field for some time, publishing work under his own name and as Benjamin Miller, and a book as by Silas Water. Though his first novel, Murder Goes to Press (1937), was a thriller, he was most successful as an author of Westerns. In his first sf novel, City of Glass (July 1942 Startling; exp 1955), based on his first sf story, three men are time-warped into a desolate Far Future on Earth; "Iron Men" (Winter 1945 Startling) is a sequel. A second novel, The Man with Absolute Motion (1955) as by Silas Water, is likewise set in a desolate venue. In this case the Universe is paralysed by interminable – perhaps not intentionally comic – bureaucratic delays and is also running out of energy; the concept of Entropy is invoked, albeit in scientifically illiterate terms. After saving the Universe with considerable help, the eponymous hero takes an Eve figure back to a depopulated Earth (see Adam and Eve), and plans to breed. [JC]

Noel Miller Loomis

born Wakita, Oklahoma: 3 April 1905

died San Diego, California: 7 September 1969

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