Sibson, Francis H

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(1899-1972) UK-born journalist and author, in South Africa from 1914 or earlier; most of his work, most of which appeared in the 1920s and 1930s, consisted of technically proficient tales involving aeroplanes or the sea and ships. The Survivors sequence comprising The Survivors (1932) and The Stolen Continent (1934) describes first the Near Future volcanic creation of a new Island in the Sargasso Sea, an event so violent that it causes two ocean liners to collide; the survivors of this cataclysm find themselves on the created island, which they name New Canada, and soon find themselves involved in international conflicts surrounding claims to the new territory. Unthinkable (1933) depicts the wreck of an arduous Antarctic expedition whose survivors find, on their return north to South Africa, that civilization has been destroyed by a final Future War involving Poison gas and other Weapons. [JC]

Francis Henry Sibson

born Preston-on-Tees, County Durham: 1899

died Perth, Western Australia; 1972

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