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(1831-1914) US author whose sf phantasmagoria, The Lunarian Professor and His Remarkable Revelations Concerning the Earth, the Moon and Mars; Together with an Account of the Cruise of the Sally Ann (1909), might have been excluded from this encyclopedia on the grounds that the insectoid Lunarian pedagogue and all that he surveys turn out to be a dream – were it not that Alexander's imagination, though patently influenced by H G Wells, is too vivid to be ignored. The narrator is told at length, by a visiting six-winged Lunarian, who uses an Antigravity device for travel, about the altruistic three-sexed life on Luna, the future History of Earth (derived from mathematical models, which the professor passes on to the narrator), the Terraforming of Mars (the canals having been constructed to distribute water planet-wide, opening it up for further development), and more. [JC]
born Pennsylvania: July 1831
died Minneapolis, Minnesota: 25 December 1914
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Entry from The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (2011-current) edited by John Clute and David Langford.
Accessed 18:57 pm on 7 July 2022.