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Marshall, Edison

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(1894-1967) US author and big-game hunter, best known for his work outside the sf field, especially his many historical novels, though he began publishing sf early in his career with "Who is Charles Avison?" (April 1916 Argosy), an early Counter-Earth tale; the From a Frontiersman's Diary series (August 1919-January 1920 Blue Book) featured stories involving the strange and/or the supernatural. Some of his early novels verge on Lost Race territory, such as The Splendid Quest (1934). The narrator of Ogden's Strange Story (24 March-14 April 1928 Popular Magazine as "Og, the Dawn Man"; 1934) suffers a head injury and Timeslips into the deep past, becoming a proto-man named Og and having various Prehistoric SF adventures in that role. Dian of the Lost Land (1935; vt The Lost Land 1972), the best regarded of his early work, is a romantically told tale of a Lost World in the Antarctica housing Neanderthals, Cro-Magnons and mammoths. Of his later fiction, some of the tales assembled in Love Stories of India (coll 1950) are supernatural, and The Pagan King (1959) is an Arthurian tale of fantasy interest [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below], and Earth Giant (1960) is about Hercules. [JC/PN]

Edison Tesla Marshall

born Rensselaer, Indiana: 29 August 1894

died Augusta, Georgia: 29 October 1967

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