Scoville, Samuel, Jr

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(1872-1950) US attorney, ornithologist and author, his nonfiction mostly popular books on natural history for younger readers; of his novels, the Boy Scouts sequence (after the first, which is nonfantastic) are of some sf interest: in The Blue Pearl (November 1919-October 1920 St Nicholas Magazine as "The Boy Scouts in the North; Or, the Blue Pearl"; 1920) the boys find in the far North a Lost Race which allows them – after suitable Scout-like tests – to visit the warm Island at the heart of their domain; The Inca Emerald (January-December 1922 St Nicholas Magazine; 1922) takes the crew to Machu Pichu, where they encounter fantastic fauna; in The Red Diamond (November 1919-October 1920 St Nicholas Magazine; 1925), the team uncovers a Greek Lost World on a Malaysian Island; and The Snakeblood Ruby (fixup 1932) traces the search for the eponymous gem, which has mysterious powers. The author's didactic impulses expose, more vividly than usual in this sort of enterprise, an already bankrupt racism (see Race in SF). [JC]

Samuel Scoville Jr

born: Norwich, New York: 9 June 1872

died Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: 4 December 1950

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Boy Scouts (selected)

  • The Blue Pearl (New York: The Century Company, 1920) [first appeared November 1919-October 1920 St Nicholas Magazine as "The Boy Scouts in the North; Or, the Blue Pearl": Boy Scouts: illus/hb/Charles Livingston Bull]
  • The Inca Emerald (New York: The Century Company, 1922) [first appeared January-December 1922 St Nicholas Magazine: Boy Scouts: illus/hb/Charles Livingston Bull]
  • The Red Diamond (New York: The Century Company, 1925) [first appeared November 1919-October 1920 St Nicholas Magazine: Boy Scouts: illus/hb/Charles Livingston Bull]
  • The Snakeblood Ruby (New York: Dodd, Mead and Company, 1932) [fixup: first appeared January-June 1928 St Nicholas Magazine as "The Snakeblood Ruby" and November 1931-April 1932 St Nicholas Magazine as "Rescue of the Ruby": Boy Scouts: illus/hb/Raymond Lufkin]

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