Working name used for his publications by US author Edgar Franklin Stearns (1879-1958), son of Frank Albert Stearns, who wrote as Fred Thorpe; his Mr Hawkins' Humorous Adventures (coll of linked stories 1904), all reprinted from The Argosy, features the eponymous inventor/Scientist comically failing to make a series of devices, such as the pumpless pump, work properly – a tall-tale comic convention found very frequently in late nineteenth-century American magazine fiction; the series continued to 1915 in various of the Frank A Munsey magazines. "The Burden of the Billions" (August-December 1907 All-Story), a novel-length sf tale, deals with mind control. [JC]
see also: Humour.
Edgar Franklin Stearns
born New York: 3 February 1879
died New York: November 1958
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