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Portwin, E T

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(1912-2006) UK publisher and author, born Portwine (name changed legally), who sometimes wrote as by Elizabeth Portwin, his wife's name; as he normally signed his books E T Portwin, some confusion ensued. His books, which are Children's SF, begin with The Boy in the Moon (1945 chap) as by Elizabeth Portwin; of greatest interest is Death Swamp and Other Adventure Stories (coll 1946), whose title novella dramatizes the almost fatal discovery of "liquid radium" which dissolves flesh at a touch; and which includes "The Lake Under London", which hints that a Lost World may exist far beneath a vast Underground lake under London, which aquatic half-fish half-mammal Monsters visit from the benthos further down in search of food. [JC]

Edwin Thomas Portwin

born London: 2 November 1912

died Chipperfield, Hertfordshire: 16 December 2006



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