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Snaith, J C

Entry updated 12 August 2018. Tagged: Author.

(1876-1936) UK author, mostly in his early career of sentimental romances, of which Mrs Fitz (1910), set in a Ruritania, is of moderate interest; The Coming (1917), set in England, is a fantasy about the Second Coming of Christ. His first sf novel, An Affair of State (1913), is set in a Near Future England raddled by social strife; The Council of Seven (1921) describes a totalitarian Dystopia governed by the eponymous cabal with life-and-death powers over those who threaten its vision of world peace; and Thus Far (1925) depicts the creation of an enormously powerful, amoral, telepathic Superman by the application of various Rays, chemicals and, as E F Bleiler states, "glandular extracts from a missing link" (see Apes as Human; Evolution; Genetic Engineering); Bleiler further suggests that Snaith may have published an earlier work describing the discovery of this link, but no such work has yet been unearthed. [JC]

John Collis Snaith

born Nottingham, Nottinghamshire: 1876

died London: 8 December 1936

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