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Robinson, Phil

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(1847-1902) UK journalist and author of stories and essays mostly set in a romanticized India or Africa (see Imperialism); his collections, usually interspersing fiction and nonfiction, include some sf. Of strongest interest may be "The Hunting of the Soko" (in Under the Punkah, coll 1881), an Apes as Human tale that may have influenced Edgar Rice Burroughs's creation of Tarzan, though two others are of interest, "The Man-Eating Tree" (in Under the Punkah), whose title is self-explanatory, and "The Gladstone-Bag Kangaroo" (Winter 1892 Phil May's Annual), where a hunter stumbles across a group of super-intelligent kangaroos. An undetermined proportion of his work is Prehistoric SF, often couched in the form of spoof essays. [JC/MA]

Philip Stewart Robinson

born Chunar, India: 13 October 1847

died 9 December 1902

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