MASTIN, John
(1865-1932)
   UK writer, clergyman and science popularizer, author of 3 sf novels. The Stolen Planet (1906) features the picaresque adventures of two Earthmen through the Solar System and beyond, as narrated by JervisMeredith, codeveloper of a space-conquering "aerostat"; centuries later, in Through the Sun in an Airship (1909), Meredith's last descendant again tours a number of planets. Through his various FANTASTIC VOYAGES, JM tried to exploit the romance of science in stories which have an attractive (though thin) patina of verisimilitude and are told in the upliftingmanner typical of too many UK boys' books; they are permeated with religiosity, at times attempting a reconciliation of science and RELIGION. The Immortal Light (1907) is a LOST-WORLDS novel set in the Antarcticamong an underground, Latin-speaking race. The Autobiography of a Picture (1910) is fantasy.
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   See also: HISTORY OF SF; SPACESHIPS; SUN.

Science Fiction and Fantasy Encyclopedia. . 2011.

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