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Meade, L T

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Working name of UK author Elizabeth Thomasina Meade Smith (1844-1914), now best remembered for her numerous and sometimes inventive books for girls, but some of whose romances of detection and sedition are of sf interest, though the sometimes-cited John Bell sequence – assembled as A Master of Mysteries (coll of linked stories June-November 1897 Cassell's Magazine; 1898) with Robert Eustace – is not, as the mysteries are invariably rationalized in nonfantastic terms. The volume is Checklisted below for convenience, as are the Stories from the Diary of a Doctor volumes with Clifford Halifax, some of which edge into sf territory. Of greater sf interest are This Troublesome World (1893 3vols) with Clifford Halifax, both anonymous, about a doctor who uses psychotropic drugs to gain his will; The Desire of Man: An Impossibility (1899), a study in abnormal Psychology involving vampirism; The Brotherhood of the Seven Kings (January-October 1898 Strand; coll of linked stories 1899) with Robert Eustace, featuring Madame Koluchy, a She-like female Mad Scientist and master criminal who creates foul Inventions to destroy her enemies; The Sanctuary Club (July-December 1899 The Strand as Stories of the Sanctuary Club; coll 1899) with Clifford Halifax, a series of Club Stories including at least one Invention tale involving an evil doctor; A Race with the Sun (coll: July 1896-February 1897 The Strand as The Adventures of a Man of Science; 1901) with Clifford Halifax, mysteries narrated by a scientific detective; and The Sorceress of the Strand (October 1902-March 1903 Strand as with Robert Eustace; 1903), about a nihilist female with claims to Immortality and, because of her mixed blood, an early representative of the Yellow Peril. [JC]

Elizabeth Thomasina Smith

born Bandon, County Cork, Ireland: 5 June 1844

died Oxford, Oxfordshire: 26 October 1914

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Stories from the Diary of a Doctor

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