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Vincent, Harl

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Working name of US engineer and author Harold Vincent Schoepflin (1893-1968) for all his fiction, beginning with "The Golden Girl of Munan" in Amazing for June 1928; with the exception of Master of Dreams (1946 chap), little of his shorter work reached book form before the twenty-first century. He was a popular writer in the Pulp magazines of sf's early prime, contributing to the well-known Round-Robin sf story solicited by Fantasy Magazine for its September 1935 issue, "The Challenge from Beyond" with Murray Leinster, E E Smith, Donald Wandrei and Stanley Weinbaum. He had a predilection for tales featuring menaces from Underground, as in "The Menace from Below" (July 1929 Science Wonder Stories), where a Mad Scientist plans to Uplift a subterranean Apes as Human species by inserting parts of human brains into their minds through a process of Identity Transfer, but fails; in the sequel, "The Return to Subterrania" (April 1930 Science Wonder Stories), some amends are made thanks via the fourth Dimension. "Tanks Under the Sea" (January 1931 Amazing) (see Under the Sea) shares a certain overcomplication with the previous tales.

Vincent published frequently in The Argosy, Amazing, Astounding and other magazines until World War Two, stopping then until just before his death, when some further stories appeared, including several reprints, and a novel, The Doomsday Planet (1966), a Planetary Romance in which a mysterious planet lures travellers into its coils. His work was vigorous but ultimately disorganized. [JC]

see also: Air Wonder Stories; Great and Small; Paranoia; Robots.

Harold Vincent Schoepflin

born Buffalo, New York: 19 October 1893

died Los Angeles, California: 5 May 1968



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