Kuppord, Skelton

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Pseudonym of UK academic, educationist and author John Adams (1857-1934), prolific author of nonfiction under his own name. As Kuppord, he wrote several tales, usually for boys; The Uncharted Island (dated 1899 but 1898) engages its cast Underground in borderline sf activities beneath a South Pacific Island; his sf novel proper, A Fortune from the Sky (dated 1903 but 1902), features several Inventions linked to "panergon", a form of energy capable of generating a laser-like ray useful for skywriting, but which one of the Mad Scientists in the tale soon uses, more conventionally, as a Death Ray with which to assist a French Invasion of the UK. The death count of this Future War is unusually high; but, in the end, world peace is enforced. Adams was knighted in 1925 for services to education. [JC]

Sir John Adams

born Glasgow, Scotland: 2 July 1857

died Los Angeles, California: 30 September 1934

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