SMALL, Austin J(ames)


SMALL, Austin J(ames)
(1894-1929)
   UK adventure and thriller writer, born Austin Small Major, though his death certificate gives AJS. He wrote 3 books of sf interest. In Master Vorst (1926; vt The Death Maker 1926 US) an insane plan to killoff the human race by germ warfare is thwarted in the nick of time. The Man They Couldn't Arrest (1927) is a mystery novel incorporating unusualdevices and inventions into the plot. The Avenging Ray (1930), as Seamark, again features a mad scientist intent upon destroying the world, his WEAPON in this case being a "Degravitisor" DEATH-RAY. The title story ofOut of the Dark (coll 1931, assembled after the author's suicide) as by Seamark features a were-leopard.
   JC/JE

Science Fiction and Fantasy Encyclopedia. . 2011.

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