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(1857-? ) US phrenologist and author of Loma, a Citizen of Venus (1897), in which the eponymous Extraterrestrial from Venus sojourns on Earth, demonstrating his effortless superiority to Homo sapiens, initially by saving a pregnant woman from drowning. He takes her case as a demonstration of the inadequacy of Earth's patriarchy-obsessed Religions, and also of the general maltreatment of women (see Feminism; Women in SF), which blights the human species. As he explains, Venusians have been monitoring our faltering progress since the birth of Adam and Eve, and have not yet given up hope that we may eventually establish a worldwide Utopia on the lines (it is clear) of Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward (1888). Eventually the saved woman gives birth to a son who will become a new Messiah. The book includes a lengthy appendix on "Scientific Phrenology". [JC]
- Loma, a Citizen of Venus (St Paul, Minnesota: The Windsor and Lewis Publishing Company, 1897) [hb/uncredited]
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