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(1849-1930) UK engineer, professor of mechanical engineering at Bristol, and author of three tales of sf interest, "Sun-Rise in the Moon" (October 1894 Cassell's Magazine), "A Message from Mars" (March 1895 Cassell's Family Magazine) and A Trip to Venus (1897, incorporating "A Message from Mars" above as chapter one). The novel is an unexceptional account of a journey by Spaceship – powered by a new Antigravity-sustaining Power Source – to an idyllic Utopia on Venus, with a brief excursion to Mercury. At one point the characters briefly debate the greater problem of travel to other Stars, leading to an early speculation that millions of years would be required for such a journey by Generation Starship (which see for more). [JE/DRL]
born Bristol, England: 1849
died Bishopston, Bristol, England: 19 December 1930
- A Trip to Venus (London: Jarrold and Sons, 1897) [hb/]
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