(1844-1911) US-born sailor (1858-1866), journalist and author, UK-based from early childhood, most of whose prolific output (something like fifty-seven novels) dealt with sailors and the sea. Of sf interest are The Frozen Pirate (1887 2vols), in which a French pirate, frozen for years in cold climes, is resuscitated briefly from this Suspended Animation and tells the narrator where there is some buried treasure; and The Flying Dutchman (1887; vt The Death Ship, A Strange Story: An Account of a Cruise in "The Flying Dutchman" [for full subtitle see Checklist] 1888 3 vols), which tries to add scientific verisimilitude to the legend. Other works of interest include some of the stories in Phantom Death and Other Stories (coll 1895). [JC]
see also: Cryonics; Immortality.
William Clark Russell
born New York: 24 February 1844
died Bath, Somerset: 8 November 1911
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