Snell, Edmund

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(1889-1972) UK author, prolific between the Wars, specializing in thrillers (often with Oriental villains) and mysteries. The Yu-Chi Stone (1925) is a Lost Race adventure set in Borneo; The White Owl (1930), on the other hand, involves an ancient Toltec curse which is activated from an ancient temple and causes its victims to commit terrible crimes. Snell's sf normally focuses on Mad Scientists and their Inventions: in Blue Murder (1927) a flame-like Ray which disintegrates its victims; in The Sound-Machine (1932), disintegration effected by sound-waves; in The "Z" Ray (1932), x-rays that are nefariously used to kill. He remains best-known for an exuberant sf thriller, Kontrol (1928), in which a Mad Scientist switches genius brains into athletes' bodies, then wipes their minds clean (see Identity Transfer; Memory Edit), in order to create a race of obedient Supermen; he is under the control of a Soviet master operator, whose network operates a fleet of futuristic vertical-take-off aerial juggernauts and a Dystopian supercity on a secret Island. All ends in flames. [PN/JC]

see also: Politics; Weapons.

Edmund Snell

born London: 5 September 1889

died Worthing, Sussex: September 1972

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