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Skaife, S H

Entry updated 12 August 2018. Tagged: Author.

(1889-1976) UK-born entomologist and author, in South Africa from 1913; most of his work comprises either technical studies or descriptions of the natural world for general readers. Of sf interest is The Strange Old Man (coll of linked stories 1930), tales in which the Drug-enabled Miniaturization of two children allows them, under the guidance of the eponymous scientist, to tour the air, the land, and Under the Sea, all the while learning about how other species live. [JC]

Sydney Harold Skaife

born London: 12 December 1889

died Hout Bay, Cape Town, South Africa: 6 November 1976

works (highly selected)

  • The Strange Old Man (London: Longmans, Green and Company, 1930) [coll of linked stories: illus/hb/]

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