Allen, F M

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Pseudonym of Irish author and publisher Edmund Downey (1856-1937), in London for much of his working life after 1878 until 1906. In a sense, his fiction was self-published, as he owned the firms that published it; but both Downey & Co. and Ward & Downey had reputable lists of authors beyond Downey himself. His short Disaster sequence, set in Ireland – The Voyage of the Ark, as Related by Dan Banim (1888), which retells the Biblical story of the Flood, and The Round Tower of Babel (1891) – conflates hyperbolic comedy and sf instruments, ending in a visionary plan to build a great tower for profit. A House of Tears: An Original Story (1886) anon, is a fantasy featuring a half-man half-snake, as are Brayhard: The Strange Adventures of One Ass and Seven Champions (1890) and The Little Green Man (1895), the eponymous figure being a leprechaun (see Little Green Men). London's Peril (1900 chap), set in the Near Future, warns against a Channel Tunnel being constructed by the nefarious French. The Ugly Man (1896) anon features a giant ape (see Apes as Human) whose brain is operated on, giving it human intelligence. [JC]

Edmund Downey

born Waterford, Ireland: 24 July 1856

died Waterford, Ireland: 11 February 1937

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