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Powell, Van

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(1886-?   ) US screenwriter and author of some sf interest for at least two of his series of adventures for boys: the Mystery Boys series of adventures for boys, all five volumes – including The Mystery Boys and the Inca Gold (1931), a Lost Race tale – being published simultaneously; and the Sky Scout Airplane Boys sequence beginning with The Mystery Crash (1932), in which advances in Technology push mildly beyond the probable in 1932. The stories tend to slide carelessly from the improbable to the possibly science-fictional; we list them for convenience. [JC]

Ardon Van Buren Powell

born Macon, Georgia: 31 March 1886



Mystery Boys

Sky Scout

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