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Lucas, F L

Entry updated 12 August 2018. Tagged: Author.

(1894-1967) UK author and critic, better known in the latter capacity; his criticism, though sharp-minded, fought fatally shy of twentieth-century thought. He was in active service throughout World War One, and was involved during World War Two in the Ultra code-breaking project at Bletchley Park. Of his fiction, The Woman Clothed with the Sun and Other Stories (coll of linked stories 1937), like much of the work of F Britten Austin, presents a didactic rendering of mankind's destiny through a story-sequence (see History in SF), in this case extending from 53 CE to 1995 and climaxing in an exemplary End of the World, with the human species cleansed off the planet: a disposition of Homo sapiens not uncommon among authors of Scientific Romances who had directly experienced the first of the World Wars. [JC]

Frank Laurence Lucas

born Hipperholme, Yorkshire: 28 December 1894

died Cambridge, Cambridgeshire: 1 June 1967



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