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Waterloo, Stanley

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(1846-1913) US editor, journalist and author who began to publish short fiction in the late 1860s; his first sf novel, The Story of Ab: A Tale of the Time of the Cave Man (1897; vt A Tale of the Time of the Cave Men: Being the Story of Ab 1904), is a juvenile culture-hero protagonists makes the Inventions required and acquires the necessary culture – along with strict monogamy on Eugenical lines made possible after he kills a rival – to begin the march to civilization, and is among the earliest romances of Anthropology; Jack London's Before Adam (1906) was clearly influenced by the book's speculative account of the Origin of Man. The Wolf's Long Howl (coll 1899) contains several sf tales. In Armageddon: A Tale of Love, War, and Invention (1898), Anglo-American supremacy over the rest of the world is achieved through the use of an armoured dirigible Airship in a near-future Future War. In The Cassowary: What Chanced in the Cleft Mountains (coll 1906), the passengers of a snowbound train tell each other stories in the night (see Club Story), some of which are sf. A Son of the Ages: The Reincarnations and Adventures of Scar, the Link: A Story of Man from the Beginning (short version May 1914 Argosy; 1914) carries Scar, via a sequence of Reincarnations, from his first life as a monkey-like arboreal creature (see Apes as Human) through various significant moments in history, including a visit to Atlantis. His more-or-less direct descendants of note include four white males: Otto von Bismarck, William Ewart Gladstone, Victor Hugo and Abraham Lincoln. Waterloo was a routine stylist with a good nose for structure and idea, and in tune with his times. [JC]

Stanley Waterloo

born St Clair County, Michigan: 21 May 1846

died Chicago, Illinois: 11 October 1913



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