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Cobb, Weldon J

(1849-1922) US businessman and author who specialized in dime novels (see Dime-Novel SF), working mainly in the latter decades of the nineteenth century, though he did collaborate later with Edward Stratemeyer for the Stratemeyer Syndicate on some non-fantastic tales, and the borderline The Boys of the Wireless (1912) as by Frank V Webster (see Radio Boys). Tales of sf interest include A Wonder Worker, or The Search for the Splendid City (23 June-25 August 1894 Golden Hours; 1907), which combines travel and invention after a fashion typical of the genre, and two Edisonades, At War With Mars, or The Boys Who Won (27 September-27 November 1897 Golden Hours; 1907), and To Mars With Tesla, or The Mystery of Hidden Worlds (30 March-18 May 1901 New Golden Hours anon; 1901; vt A Trip to Mars; or, The Spur of Adventure 1927), the latter tale featuring, in place of Thomas Alva Edison, his great rival Icon Nikola Tesla, in a narrative perhaps overfilled with Inventions from light-Rays to super-aeroplanes, plus a giant slingshot. Amusingly, the lad who carries most of the action goes by the name of Young Edison. As Roy Rockwood, he was responsible for an early Airplane Boys series, the Dave Dashaway sequence beginning with Dave Dashaway, the Young Aviator; Or, in the Clouds for Fame and Fortune (1913), where he proves himself able to pilot planes designed according to the Inventions of others; later volumes include Dave Dashaway and His Giant Airship; Or, a Marvellous Trip Across the Atlantic (1913), where he flies the Atlantic Ocean, and Dave Dashaway Around the World; Or, a Young Yankee Aviator Among Many Nations (1913), where he circumnavigates the globe. [EFB/JC]

see also: Frank V Webster.

Weldon James Cobb

born Chicago, Illinois: 3 July 1849

died Brookfield, Illinois: 1 July 1922



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Entry from The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (2011-current) edited by John Clute and David Langford.
Accessed 01:29 am on 19 April 2024.