Stacpoole, William Henry

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(1846-1914) UK lawyer and author, elder brother of H De Vere Stacpoole. In his sf novel, Herr Richter's Strange Experiment (1888), the eponymous Scientist applies his Invention – an Identity Exchange device – to the solution of a murder mystery involving identical twins. "The Teleporon" (March 1886 Longman's Magazine) describes an ostensible Matter Transmission device, but though the protagonist undergoes vivid experiences after being teleported to Turkestan, he awakens to find he was hoaxed. This and similar stories, usually with the forcedly light touch typical of magazine authors of the 1890s like F Anstey or Barry Pain, are assembled in The Teleporon and Other Stories (coll 1892) and The Three Boots (coll 1892). [JC/MA]

William Henry Stacpoole

born County Dublin, Ireland: 1846

died Dunmow, Essex: 1914

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