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Rolt-Wheeler, Francis W

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

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Working name of UK author Francis William Wheeler (1876-1960), in US and Canada circa 1900-1925, later in Tunis and Nice; in his early career he specialized in stories for boys, though in his later years – after a spectacular 1915 divorce which led to his imprisonment – he turned to the kind of religious investigation, including forays into Theosophy, that characterized the career of his sister, Ethel Rolt Wheeler (1869-1958) (both siblings added "Rolt" to their names). His works of some sf interest include The Monster-Hunters (1916), about an expedition to Africa where prehistoric fossils are uncovered, and The Aztec-Hunters (1918), a Lost Race tale, the only titles in the Museum series which are of fantastic interest; and three volumes which mix Prehistoric SF and Lost Race motifs: The Finder of Fire (1927), in which a Neanderthal lad steals fire for his people from a Cro-Magnon tribe; The Tamer of Herds (1928), an epic of animal domestication set in ancient Chaldea; and The Pyramid Builder (1929), set in ancient Egypt. [JC]

Francis William Wheeler

born Forest Hill, London: 16 December 1876

died Nice, France: 21 August 1960



Museum (selected)

  • The Monster-Hunters (Boston, Massachusetts: Lothrop, Lee and Shepard Company, 1916) [Museum: illus/hb/]
  • The Aztec-Hunters (Boston, Massachusetts: Lothrop, Lee and Shepard Company, 1918) [Museum: illus/hb/]

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