Pseudonym of UK author Esmond Condy (?1888-1962), whose two sf Satires display an uneasy bantering tone and slyly cluttered plots which make his or her identification of some potential interest. In Nothing Ever Happens (1927) two young UK men are transported to an unlocatable Island run by an impossibly old Master – it is conceivable that T H White's similar The Master (1957) owes some debt to this book – where they are induced for Eugenical reasons to breed with his daughters and discover that he himself breeds Androids; the island turns out, as well as being a Godgame arena, to be a Lost World inhabited by white men. In The Man from Up There (1928; vt The Man from Space 1932 chap) a similar duo discovers – and attempts to profit from – a Cyclopean giant from the Moon, whose arrival on Earth has stopped all radio Communications for days. Eventually, after a stint in vaudeville, the giant returns home. [JC]
see also: Boys' Friend Library.
born Putney, Surrey: ?1888
died London: 3 March 1962
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