Kip, Leonard

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(1826-1906) US lawyer and author, much of whose work reflects his experiences in the California Gold Rush of 1849; though some of his novels contain trace elements of the supernatural, he is of interest here mainly for Hannibal's Man (1873 chap), a Sleeper Awakes tale in which a truculent Carthaginian is aroused from a glacier, which is included in Hannibal's Man and other Tales: The Argus Christmas Stories (coll 1878). Along with the title story and some fantasies, the volume includes "The Secret of Apollonius Septrio" (June-July 1863 The Knickerbocker as "A Dream Which is not a Dream") anonymous; the secret, being that of Immortality, is passed on to the nineteenth-century narrator, who engages in a kind of one-way Time Travel journey futurewards, viewing at intervals the slow inexorable Evolution of life on Earth. A millennium or so hence, he is place in Suspended Animation, awakens in the Far Future where he incarcerated for study by humans evolved into supermen (see Superman). [JC]

Leonard Kip

born Albany, New York: 13 September 1826

died Albany, New York: 15 February 1906

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