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Grierson, Francis D

(1888-1972) Irish-born UK soldier, lawyer, journalist and author, in active service during World War One; he is known mostly for detective fiction, much of it assembled in series including the Inspector Slim and Professor Wells sequence and the successor Chief Inspector George Muir and Superintendent Andrew Ash sequences. Grierson began to publish work of genre interest with "The Hall of the Dead" for Weird Tales, April 1923; of specific sf interest is Heart of the Moon (1928), in which a pugilistic Englishman is transported to a Dystopia within the Moon by one of its giant rulers. After a long romance, in which Sex is abjured while being talked about a great deal, he escapes back to Earth with his lunar beloved, but they crash into the sea and (it may be) drown. [JC]

Francis Durham Grierson

born Dublin, Ireland: 27 November 1888

died London: 24 September 1972



Entry from The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (2011-current) edited by John Clute and David Langford.
Accessed 02:53 am on 4 October 2023.