Breuer, Miles J

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(1889-1945) US author and physician who served in the US Medical Corps in World War One, and who began publishing sf with "The Man with the Strange Head" for Amazing in January 1927, featuring the first of several physician protagonists. He published a number of notable stories until about 1942. His solo work has not been collected in book form, which makes it relatively difficult to find such stories as "The Appendix and the Spectacles" (December 1928 Amazing), "The Gostak and the Doshes" (March 1930 Amazing) – though both were later anthologized – and "Paradise and Iron" (Summer 1930 Amazing Stories Quarterly), a novel which strikes an early (for US Genre SF) warning note about the perils of the Utopian technological fix. His only works to have reached book form are The Girl from Mars (1929 chap) with Jack Williamson, which was the first in Hugo Gernsback's Science Fiction Series of stories and novellas, and The Birth of a New Republic (Winter 1931 Amazing Stories Quarterly; 1981 chap), also with Williamson, on whom Breuer had a formative influence. The first tale is best remembered as the first book published by Williamson in his immensely long career; the slightly later novel is a political melodrama in which the working residents of the Moon rebel against Earth. A further collaboration of interest was "A Baby on Neptune" (December 1929 Amazing) with Clare Winger Harris. An intelligent though somewhat crude author, Breuer was particularly strong in his articulation of fresh ideas as demonstrated in The Man with the Strange Head and Other Early Science Fiction Stories (coll 2008), which assembles most of his solo work of interest. [JC]

see also: Amazing Stories; Automation; Colonization of Other Worlds; Computers; Dimensions; Dystopias; Future War; History in SF; Leisure; Mathematics; Medicine; Moon; Politics.

Miles John Breuer

born Chicago, Illinois: 3 January 1889

died Los Angeles, California: 14 October 1945

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