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Pugh, Edwin

Entry updated 11 February 2021. Tagged: Author.

(1874-1930) UK journalist and author whose first book, the nonfantastic A Street in Suburbia (coll 1895), was his most successful; but his realism was sentimentalized and his stories tended to cruel melodrama. The Rogue's Paradise: an Extravaganza (1898) with Charles Gleig is set in an imaginary South American country. Pugh is of direct sf interest for a late tale, The Great Unborn: A Dream of To-morrow (1918), a Scientific Romance set the very Near Future after the end of World War One. The action focuses on a leftwing protest against Eugenics and the post-War social order because government geneticists have been specializing in the welfare of middle-class parents while at the same time they are complicit with a fast breeding programme among the lower classes to create more workers. [JC]

Edwin William Pugh

born London: January 1874

died London: 5 February 1930

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