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Jepson, Edgar

(1863-1938) UK schoolteacher and author, prolific in various popular genres from 1895; father of Selwyn Jepson, grandfather of Fay Weldon; some of his books are of sf interest. Half-Ruritania, half-Dystopia, Varandaleel, the imaginary land-locked Asian country in The Keepers of the People (1898), has been ruled for generations by Englishmen; the novel, an anti-Feminist tale in which woman are treated as inferior creatures, encroaches on sf from several angles. The Horned Shepherd (1904) and No. 19 (1910; vt The Garden at 19 1910) are both fantasies, the first about a new incarnation of a god which has also been Pan, the second about the attempts of a magus (who resembles Aleister Crowley [1875-1947]) to summon Pan; a later fantasy, Miss Timmins and Lord Scredington (fixup 1927), also invokes Crowley. In The Moon Gods (1930), a Lost Race tale, twentieth-century aviators discover a Carthaginian city in the African desert.

It has not been firmly established whether or not Jepson's first book may have been a Satire, Sir Jones: A Story of Modern Oxford (1885) as by Jean F Darrell Poges. [JC/BS]

Edgar Alfred Jepson

born Bloomsbury [now London]: 28 November 1863

died London: 11 April 1938



Entry from The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (2011-current) edited by John Clute and David Langford.
Accessed 14:40 pm on 27 June 2022.