Kitchell, Joseph Gray

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(1862-1945) US businessman, photographer and author, whose early novella, The Story of the "Kranbach Nocturne" (1905 chap), treats the eponymous Basilisk as soul-saving. His full-length sf novel, The Earl of Hell (1924), combines high adventure – its protagonist travels the world in search of new sources of radium, is kidnapped, foils a plot to supply "Hunovia" (i.e. Germany) with a brand-new Power Source – and an informed discussion of the potentialities of new forms of energy. Nilgrav, the new Element stolen for Hunovia, combines aspects of Antigravity and perpetual motion (see Scientific Errors); it serves both as a Weapon and as the motor for new forms of Transportation. [JC]

Joseph Gray Kitchell

born Cincinnati, Ohio: 25 April 1862

died Los Angeles, California: 7 July 1945

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