George Allan England

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George Allan England (1877 – 1937) was an American writer and explorer, best known for his speculative and science fiction. He attended Harvard University and later in life unsuccessfully ran for Governor of Maine. England was a socialist and many of his works have socialist themes.

Life[edit]

England was born in Nebraska.[1] He attended Harvard University, where he received Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) and Master of Arts (M.A.) degrees.[1] In 1912 he stood for Governor of Maine as the socialist candidate.[1] England died in a hospital in New Hampshire, although there is a legend that he disappeared on a treasure hunt.[1]

Writing[edit]

England's writing career took place mainly in New York and Maine.[1] Many of his works have a socialist theme.[1] Influences on England's writing include H. G. Wells, Jack London and Algernon Blackwood.[2]

His short story, "The Thing from—'Outside'", which had originally appeared in Hugo Gernsback's magazine Science and Invention, was reprinted in the first issue of the first science fiction magazine, Amazing Stories, in April 1926.[3] The novel The Air Trust (1915) is the story of a billionaire, Isaac Flint, who attempts to control the very air people breathe, and the violent consequences of his ambition and greed. In the concluding chapter, Flint is described as one of "the most sinister and cruel minds ever evolved upon this planet." [4]

England's trilogy, Darkness and Dawn (published in 1912, 1913 and 1914 as The Vacant World, Beyond the Great Oblivion and Afterglow) tells the story of 2 modern people who awake a thousand years after the earth was devastated by a meteor. They work to rebuild civilization. Richard A. Lupoff has noted that Darkness and Dawn contains "an unfortunate element of racism" (the villains who menace the heroes are descended from African-Americans). [2]

Novels[edit]

  • Darkness and Dawn Series
    • Darkness and Dawn (1914)
    • Beyond the Great Oblivion (1913)
    • The Afterglow (1913)

Other Novels

  • Beyond White Seas (1910)
  • The Elixir of Hate (1910)
  • The Empire in the Air (1914)
  • The Air Trust (1915)
  • The Fatal Gift (1915)
  • The Golden Blight (1916)
  • The Gift Supreme (1916)
  • Bill Jenkins, Buccaneer (1917)
  • Cursed (1919)
  • The Flying Legion (1920)
  • Adventure Isle (1926)

Short Stories[edit]

Pod, Bender and Co (October 1916) - Short story collection

  • When Pod Took the Count
  • A Flyer in Annuities
  • Birds of Passage
  • "Ammunition — With Care"
  • Art for Art's Sake
  • The Old Homestead
  • Pod Flits
  • A Game of Solitaire
  • Crayons and Clay
  • The Turning of the Worm
  • Lobsters and Loot
  • The Supreme Getaway
  • Knight Errants Up-to-Date
  • The Kimberley Special
  • A Passage at Arms
  • Fly-Time
Title Publication Date First Published In Notes
The Americano at Cerdos June 1905 Leslie’s Monthly Magazine
The Time Reflector September 1905 The Monthly Story Magazine
At the Eleventh Hour Dectemer 1905 The All-Story Magazine
Neevus and the Wolf Pack February 1906 The American Boy
The Turning of the Worm February 1906 The All-Story Magazine Pittsburg Bender; Pod Slattery
The Cylinder June 1906 The All-Story Magazine
Family Jars: A Little Tale of Cousinly Amenities June 1906 The American Magazine
Fire Fight Fire July 1906 Munsey’s
Vengeance Is Mine July 1906 The All-Story Magazine
The Garden of Graft August 1906 The All-Story Magazine
The Lunar Advertising Co., Ltd. August 1906 The Gray Goose
Birds of Passage November 1906 The All-Story Magazine Pittsburg Bender; Pod Slattery
The Sorrows of Giuseppe December 1906 McClure’s
Jonas January 1907 Munsey’s
A Game of Solitaire March 1907 The All-Story Magazine Pittsburg Bender; Pod Slattery
Burdocks and Blueberries April 1907 The All-Story Magazine
Thad’s Watchers September 1907 McClure’s
The Heart of Love November 1907 Cosmopolitan
Ammunition-With Care February 1908 The All-Story Magazine Pittsburg Bender; Pod Slattery
When Pod Took the Count March 19087 The All-Story Magazine Pittsburg Bender; Pod Slattery
The Hand of Blood April 1908 The Gray Goose
Three Hearts and a Head April 1908 Munsey’s
Midsummer Madness July 1908 The Outing Magazine
Art for Art’s Sake September 1908 The Gray Goose Pittsburg Bender; Pod Slattery
The Mermaid October 1908 The Scrap Book Captain Leonidas Tripp
Africa November 1908 The Cavalier
King Sullivan February 1909 Munsey’s
My Time-Annihilator June 1909 The All-Story Magazine
The Girl at Gunflint Lake July 1909 Munsey’s
Pod Flits August 1909 The All-Story Magazine Pittsburg Bender; Pod Slattery
A Question of Salvage September 1909 McClure’s
Below the Cliff November 1909 Gunter’s Magazine
On Shark’s Fin Reef January 1910 Munsey’s
Day of Days July 1910 The Red Book Magazine
The Million-Lira Ticket September 1910 The Scrap Book
Failures October 1910 The All-Story Magazine
The Old Homestead October 1910 The Scrap Book Pittsburg Bender; Pod Slattery
Personally Conducted December 1910 Adventure
At the Semaphore February 1911 The Railroad Man’s Magazine
He of the Glass Heart May 1911 The Scrap Book
The Chechacko April 1912 Adventure
Bill January May 1912 The Hampton Magazine
The Million-Dollar Patch June 1912 The All-Story
The Shackles of Fate October 1912 The Red Book Magazine
A Passage at Arms March 29, 1913 The Cavalier Pittsburg Bender; Pod Slattery
Oil and Water March 1913 Munsey’s
Pod Slattery’s Peril April 26, 1913 The Cavalier Pod Slattery
The Sprucer May 1913 Munsey’s
The Kimberly Special June 7, 1913 The Cavalier Pittsburg Bender; Pod Slattery
The Toss-Up July 4, 1913 Harper’s Weekly
Fly-Time July 12, 1913 The Cavalier Pittsburg Bender; Pod Slattery
Thomas Mittens, Stockholder July 1913 The Red Book Magazine
The Supreme Getaway August 23, 1913 The Cavalier Pittsburg Bender; Pod Slattery
Other Days October 1913 The Red Book Magazine
Speedy Limit November 15, 1913 The Cavalier
The Lie December 6, 1913 The Cavalier
Out of the Real January 1914 Munsey’s
In Mariners’ House February 7, 1914 The Cavalier
At Allaguash April 1914 People’s Ideal Fiction Magazine
Meeting Matchett April 1914 The Red Book Magazine
Trousers and Tragedy July 1914 Munsey’s
Barbed Wire and Buttermilk September 26, 1914 All-Story Cavalier Weekly
Legs and the Man November 1914 The Blue Book Magazine
The Trap November 1914 Lippincott’s Magazine
Even in Death December 12, 1914 All-Story Cavalier Weekly
The Spy June 1915 Pearson’s Magazine (USA)
Love! August 1915 The Red Book Magazine
The Tenth Question December 18, 1915 All-Story Weekly
The Plunge April 1, 1916 Snappy Stories
Summer June 1916 The Red Book Magazine
The Princess Kukupa July 1916 All Around Magazine
A Flyer in Annuities October 1916 Pod, Beneder and Co
A Game of Solitaire October 1916 Pod, Beneder and Co
Crayons and Clay October 1916 Pod, Beneder and Co
The Turning of the Worm October 1916 Pod, Beneder and Co
Lobsters and Loot October 1916 Pod, Beneder and Co
Knight Errants Up-to-Date October 1916 Pod, Beneder and Co
The Lotus-Eater April 2, 1917 Snappy Stories
Relics May 1, 1917 Snappy Stories
Fifteen Minutes June 1, 1917 Snappy Stories
Odyssey, Jr. August 4, 1917 All-Story Weekly
The Mysterious Millionaire September 1, 1917 All-Story Weekly
Autumn September 1917 The Red Book Magazine
The Clutch of Tantalus October 10, 1917 People’s Favorite Magazine
The Scapegrace October 25, 1917 People’s Favorite Magazine
The Affair in Room 99 November 25, 1917 People’s Favorite Magazine
Journey’s End September 1918 The Parisienne Monthly Magazine
On the Rack of Fear November 10, 1918 People’s Favorite Magazine
Phonies All November 1918 Breezy Stories
On Grand Cayman January 1919 Munsey’s
Swamis Twain January 1919 The Blue Book Magazine
Armageddon Valley February 1919 The Blue Book Magazine Pittsburgh Bender; Pod Slattery
Shall - or Shall Not April 5, 1919 All-Story Weekly
Bennington’s Bath July 1919 The Blue Book Magazine Bennington
A Man August 1919 Telling Tales
Bennington’s Lemons April 1920 The Blue Book Magazine Bennington
Two Ways September 1920 Breezy Stories
Bennington’s Bus November 1920 The Blue Book Magazine Bennington
Bennington’s Boom January 1921 The Blue Book Magazine Bennington
Fifty-Fifty March 19, 1921 The Saturday Evening Post
Recreants Twain March 1921 The Blue Book Magazine Pittsburgh Bender; Pod Slattery
Test Tubes March 1921 Short Stories
Powers of Darkness May 1921 People’s Favorite Magazine
Webster Said Something May 1921 The Blue Book Magazine Bennington
As Ye Plant— August 10, 1921 Short Stories
Paid in Advance October 1921 Munsey’s
The Longest Side November 10, 1921 People’s Favorite Magazine -
Bennington’s Bandit December 1921 The Blue Book Magazine Bennington
Drops of Death January 1922 Munsey’s
One Pebble February 25, 1922 People’s Story Magazine
Bennington’s Boy February 1922 The Blue Book Magazine Bennington
Sauce March 1922 Everybody’s Magazine
Twists April 10, 1922 People’s Story Magazine
Leatherbee’s Luck April 1922 The Blue Book Magazine
A Polite Question April 1922 Munsey’s
Luck May 10, 1922 People’s Story Magazine
Friendship June 10, 1922 People’s Story Magazine
Bennington, Brute July 1922 The Blue Book Magazine Bennington
Fern Shadows July 1922 Munsey’s
Fits September 25, 1922 Short Stories
Compacts of Life December 1, 1922 Snappy Stories
The Broken Arrow Jan 12, 1922 Western Story Magazine
Troubled Waters March 1, 1923 People’s Magazine
Petticoats April 1, 1923 People’s Magazine Captain Leonidas Tripp
The Nogg-Head July 21, 1923 The Saturday Evening Post
Rats October 1, 1923 People’s Magazine
Foam January 1, 1924 People’s Magazine
Rust January 15, 1924 People’s Magazine
Honor May 15, 1924 People’s Magazine
Chance August 1, 1924 People’s Magazine Captain Leonidas Tripp
Strong Men and Meat August 10, 1924 Short Stories
Dice of Destiny September 10, 1924 Short Stories
Feathers September 24, 1924 Complete Story Magazine
Ch’eng and Foo October 25, 1924 Complete Story Magazine
Bennington’s Bio-Beauty October 1924 The Blue Book Magazine Bennington
Roving February 25, 1925 Complete Story Magazine
Half a Brick June 6, 1925 The Saturday Evening Post
Ice August 10, 1925 Complete Story Magazine
Sir Galahad of Gila September 1925 The Blue Book Magazine
The Ship That Strayed October 10, 1925 Short Stories
Verdict: “Suicide” November 28, 1925 Argosy All-Story Weekly
Velvet December 1925 Munsey’s
Bennington’s Birds January 1926 The Blue Book Magazine Bennington
Powder February 1926 Sea Stories Magazine Captain Leonidas Tripp
Kangaroo March 1926 Sea Stories Magazine Captain Leonidas Tripp
Terror April/May 1926 Real Detective Tales and Mystery Stories
Elephant July 1926 Sea Stories Magazine Captain Leonidas Tripp
Ivory August 1926 Sea Stories Magazine Captain Leonidas Tripp
At Plug 47 October 1926 The Blue Book Magazine
Divorce February 1927 Sea Stories Magazine Captain Leonidas Tripp
Cork March 1927 Sea Stories
Johnny Moaner June 1927 Everybody’s Magazine
Dorymates January 1, 1928 Adventure
Bananas February 1929 The Blue Book Magazine
Mamma Told Me May 1930 The Blue Book Magazine
Bennington the Buccaneer August 1930 The Blue Book Magazine Bennington
Stand by to Ram September 15, 1930 Adventure
High Explosive March 1931 The Blue Book Magazine
Moriarty May 30, 1931 Liberty
Rough Toss May 15, 1932 The Popular Complete Stories
Locoed May 20, 1933 Detective Fiction Weekly T. Ashley
Pipes of Death Sep 16, 1933 Detective Fiction Weekly
The Kalanga of Death November 1933 Danger Trail
Pieces of the Puzzle February 3, 1934 Detective Fiction Weekly
Nothin’ Like Leather April 10, 1934 Short Stories
Kangaroo 1944 Sea Story Annual

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Bleiler, Everett Franklin; Bleiler, Richard (1998). Science-fiction: The Gernsback Years. Kent State University Press. p. 106. ISBN 978-0-87338-604-3. 
  2. ^ a b Richard A. Lupoff, "England, George Allan" in Twentieth-Century Science-Fiction Writers by Curtis C. Smith. St. James Press, 1986, ISBN 0-912289-27-9 (p.230-1).
  3. ^ Ashley, Time Machines, p. 51.
  4. ^ George Allan England. The Air Trust. St. Louis, MO. Phil Wagner. 1915. p. 329.

References[edit]

  • Ashley, Mike (2000). The Time Machines:The Story of the Science-Fiction Pulp Magazines from the beginning to 1950. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press. ISBN 0-85323-865-0. 

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