MANNING, Laurence (Edward)
(1899-1972)
   Canadian-born writer, in the USA from 1920, a founder of the American Interplanetary Society and editor of its journal, Astronautics. He is remembered for his numerous contributions to WONDER STORIES and WONDER STORIES QUARTERLY in the 1930s; he also collaborated on some stories with Fletcher PRATT. His best-known series, which appeared in Wonder Stories, was the Man who Awoke sequence, 5 stories later publishedas The Man who Awoke (1933; fixup 1975), in which a man periodically awakes from SUSPENDED ANIMATION into a pulp- STAPLEDON succession of 5 societies, the last of which is in a world of immortals. Another series was the Stranger Club sequence, again in Wonder Stories: "The Call of the Mech-Men" (1933), "Caverns of Horror" (1934), "Voice of Atlantis" (1934),"The Moth Message" (1934) and "Seeds from Space" (1935). A short series of above-average space stories comprised "The Voyage of the Asteroid" (1932) and "The Wreck of the Asteroid" (1932). LM's style was very much of his time, but he had a more wide-ranging imagination than many of his colleagues.
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