Hancock, H Irving

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(1868-1922) US martial arts specialist, newspaper journalist and author, mostly for boys, and mostly under his own name, though he published some non-fantastic work as by Douglas Wells; he remains of sf interest for the Conquest of the United States Young Adult Future War sequence – comprising The Invasion of the United States, or Uncle Sam's Boys at the Capture of Boston (1916), In the Battle for New York, or Uncle Sam's Boys in the Desperate Struggle for the Metropolis (1916), At the Defense of Pittsburgh, or The Struggle to Save America's "Fighting Steel" Supply (1916) and Making the Stand for Old Glory, or Uncle Sam's Boys in the Last Frantic Drive (1916) – set around 1920 and depicting the Invasion of the USA by a Germany which has already won World War One in Europe. Slightly advanced airplanes are in evidence, with some adventures in the Airplane Boys mode; there is much other action, some of it surprisingly predictive of the Blitzkrieg tactics of World War Two; and America's retreat into her illimitable heartland has been evocative to some of Russia's similar strategy. Germany does lose in the end. [JC]

Harrie Irving Hancock

born Waltham, Massachusetts: 16 January 1868

died Blue Point, New York: 12 March 1922

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