Entry updated 12 August 2018. Tagged: Author.
(1845-1893) Scottish philosopher, academic, journalist and author whose sf novel, The Crack of Doom: A Novel (August 1885-June 1886 Blackwood's Magazine; 1886 3vols), portentously invokes the Disaster threatened by an approaching Comet to shape, intermittently, an otherwise prosaic (and conspicuously dithery) plot; in the event, the End of the World is averted. This novel should not be confused with The Crack of Doom (1895) by Robert Cromie. [JC]
born Nether Auchintoul, Aberdeenshire, Scotland: 10 October 1845
died Aberdeen, Scotland: 1 March 1893
- The Crack of Doom: A Novel (Edinburgh, Scotland: Blackwood and Sons, 1886) [published in three volumes: hb/]
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