Babcock, George

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(1863-1942) US clothier, real estate agent, and author whose sole work of sf interest is Yezad: A Romance of the Unknown (1922), a not entirely competent but decidedly complicated tale in which occult and sf modes intermingle. A pilot named Bacon flies too high, and is dashed to Earth by Azrael, only to find that, in something like his astral body, and accompanied by his dark Doppelganger, he has begun a Fantastic Voyage to nearby Stars, where Reincarnation is routine. A Martian mentor demonstrates to Bacon the Utopia that Mars has become. He also describes an earlier drama, in which a group of Martians, fearing that their planet was becoming unlivable, migrate (with digressions) to Earth, losing their records en route, and their culture once landed. Their role as Forerunners to (specifically white) Homo sapiens can now be now revealed. But being a forerunner does not entail Evolution, which Babcock specifically contemned. In a side story, two enfants sauvages disprove Darwin's theory through their instinctive love of God. Babcock also self-published the poem Tuskawanta (1914), which somewhat in the style of Longfellow relates the legend of the Lady of the Long Island lake. [JC]

George Henry Babcock

born Newport, Rhode Island: 11 June 1863

died New York: 11 May 1942

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