Frankau, Gilbert

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(1884-1952) UK author known mainly for his work outside the sf field, most notably his Byronesque verse novel One of Us (1912) and its sequels, and dozens of popular romances; he was in active service for almost the whole of World War One, registering some of its effects on him in The City of Fear and Other Poems (coll 1917 chap). His mother Julia Frankau (1859-1916) wrote at least one supernatural novel as by Frank Danby (her regular pseudonym); he and his first wife Dorothea were the parents of Pamela Frankau. His The Seeds of Enchantment [for subtitle see Checklist] (1921) is a Lost World fantasy which features contrasting Utopias in the wilds of Indochina. His posthumous sf novel, Unborn Tomorrow: A Last Story (1953), depicts a fiftieth-century Roman Catholic world where a beam or Ray which destroys all explosives has enforced a happy return to a pre-industrial lifestyle. [JC]

Gilbert Frankau

born London: 21 April 1884

died Hove, Sussex: 4 November 1952

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