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Worts, George F

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(1892-1967) US author who also wrote as by Loring Brent, not always restricting his use of this name to magazine publications. The Peter the Brazen sequence, whose protagonist boasts uncanny hearing and other Superpower-like abilities, is set primarily in the Far East, where Yellow Peril menaces are routinely dealt with by the Hero. The series appeared initially in Argosy between 1918-1934; the first six (all from 1918) were spliced together as Peter the Brazen: A Mystery Story of Modern China (fixup 1919); much later, the first three were assembled as The City of Stolen Lives: The Adventures of Peter the Brazen (coll 2016), volume one of a planned publication of the entire series.

The Return of George Washington (15 October-19 November 1927 Argosy All-Story; 1927; vt No More a Corpse: An Astounding Story 1932) is told almost until its conclusion in sf terms, with the first president being Reincarnated at the hands of a Mad Scientist; but it turns out to be a hoax. The Phantom President (1932), a musical directed by Norman Taurog, seems to have been based on a possibly unpublished novel/novelization by Worts: an impostor, substituting for a fatally dull candidate for office, threatens half-unwittingly to take over for real. Robert A Heinlein's Double Star (1956), whether or not inspired by this film, can be seen to massively sophisticate its implications. The Monster of the Lagoon (23 January-30 March 1935 Argosy; 1947 chap; exp as coll 1991) is a Horror in SF tale featuring the adventures of Singapore Sammy, whose further appearances have not reached book form. [JC]

George Frank Worts

born Toledo, Ohio: 16 March 1892

died Hawaii: February 1967

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