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Wright, Harold Bell

Entry updated 12 August 2018. Tagged: Author.

(1872-1944) US clergyman and enormously popular author whose only sf novel, The Devil's Highway (1932) with John Lebar, pseudonym of his son Gilbert Munger Wright (1901-1966), features a Mad Scientist and his culpable Scientist colleagues, whose Invention, a thought-control device operating with the help of a Power Source called "ethericity", suppresses the better instincts of its victims; they are then inclined, out of bitterness, to further his plot to eliminate Homo sapiens (his motive being that he is a dwarf who had been maltreated as a child). The earlier The Uncrowned King (1910) is an allegory laced with unction. [JC]

Harold Bell Wright

born Rome, New York: 4 May 1872

died La Jolla, California: 24 May 1944

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