Delmont, Joseph

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Pseudonym or legal name of Austrian film director and author born Karl Pyck or Pick (1873-1935), involved in film work in America between 1903 and 1910, and a director of silent films from 1910 to about 1925 in Austria and elsewhere, only turning to writing in the 1920s. There is some possibility that Delmont translated at least some of his own works into English. Sf novels include Die Stadt unter dem Meer (1925; trans anon as The Submarine City 1930), which features the construction by U-boat crews of an Under-the-Sea city from which it is intended to conquer the world; Die Insel der Gerichteten und andere Erzählungen (coll 1927; trans with other material as Beasts and Escapades 1934), which contains "The Island of the Executed", featuring an Island in which executed criminals are resuscitated and construct a Utopia; Der Ritt auf dem Funken: Fantastischer Zukunftsroman (1928; trans anon as Mistress of the Skies 1932), an Invention tale involving Matter Transmission and climate control; Erdbeben (1932; trans anon as Earthquake 1933), a Time Travel tale climaxing in the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 (see California); and Der Fels im Meer (1934; trans anon as The Rock in the Sea 1934), whose protagonists discover unknown forms of life on a volcanic Island which has risen from the sea. [JC]

Joseph Delmont

born Loiwein, Austria: 8 May 1873

died Bad Pystian, Czechoslovakia: 12 March 1935

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