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(1877-1935) UK author, usually of tales for boys on aeronautical subjects, and of nonfiction about air travel and other related topics; of sf interest is Arctic Air Terror (1937), a Lost Race tale set in the Yukon Territory. Within a caldera heated by volcanic action, a technologically advanced but priest-ridden civilization of "white Indians", originally from ancient Egypt, uses its helicopter-like airships and strange Weapons to attempt to protect its gold from the outer world. Unusually for a tale of this sort, this civilization – though duly deprecated in the novel – survives an onslaught of prospectors. [JC]
born Manchester, Lancashire: 1877
died Fareham, Hampshire: 20 October 1935
Entry from The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (2011-current) edited by John Clute and David Langford.
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