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Schneider, Isidor

Entry updated 18 May 2020. Tagged: Author.

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(1896-1977) US poet and author, who also served as Literary Editor of the left-wing journal New Masses in the 1930s and 1940s; of sf interest is Doctor Transit (1925) as by I S, an Identity Exchange tale in which a young married couple, unhappy with their native genders, explore the coefficient of Sex in human relations by persuading the eponymous Scientist to operate on them (see Transgender SF). Neither proves happy with his or her new gender; the now-female protagonist, after being operated on again and once more becoming male, turns into a suicidal prophet named Jeremiah. One of the "messages" of the novel is that transition leads to insanity (see Scientific Errors). [JC]

Isidor Schneider

born Russia [now Ukraine]: 25 August 1896

died New York: August 1977

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