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Quincy, J P

(1829-1910) US lawyer, politician (mayor of Boston, Massachusetts, 1895-1899) and author. After, Lyteria: A Dramatic Poem (1854), a long philosophical verse drama set in Roman times with strong hints of the supernatural, he mostly published legal studies, though his one novel, The Peckster Professorship: An Episode in the History of Psychical Research (1888), is of sf interest as an attempt to put various occult preoccupations – divination, prophecy (see Prediction), the transmigration of souls, etc – into a vague Near Future venue where they have become understood in scientific terms. [JC]

Josiah Phillips Quincy

born Boston, Massachusetts: 29 November 1829

died Boston, Massachusetts: 31 October 1910



Entry from The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (2011-current) edited by John Clute and David Langford.
Accessed 03:38 am on 30 January 2023.