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Smith, Mrs J Gregory

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Working (ie married) name of US author Ann Eliza Brainerd Smith (1819-1905), two of whose three novels are of sf interest. Seola (1878; rev vt Angels and Woman: A Revision of the Unique Novel, Seola 1924) anonymous, which is set before the Flood, combines motifs out of Prehistoric SF and the Lost Race tale; it comprises the 4,000-year-old journal of the eponymous maiden, during the course of which it is revealed that the Flood was caused by side-effects of the explosion of a planet in the solar system, and a race of devilish angels is tamed. The sequel, a hijacking of the text by an anonymous Jehovah's Witness, has its own interest. Atla: The Story of the Lost Island (1886), whose events are also set around the time of the Flood, begins in an Atlantis boasting advanced Technology, and follows survivors of the sinking of the great Island to Central America. [JC]

Ann Eliza Brainerd Smith

born St Albans, Vermont: 7 October 1819

died St Albans, Vermont: 6 January 1905

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