Alpheus Hyatt Verrill
Alpheus Hyatt Verrill, known as Hyatt Verrill, (23 July 1871 – 14 November 1954) was an American zoologist, explorer, inventor, illustrator and author. He was the son of Addison Emery Verrill, the first professor of zoology at Yale University.
Hyatt Verrill wrote on a wide variety of topics, including natural history, travel, radio and whaling. He participated in a number of archaeological expeditions to the West Indies, South, and Central America. He travelled extensively throughout the West Indies, and all of the Americas, North, Central and South. Theodore Roosevelt stated: "It was my friend Verrill here, who really put the West Indies on the map.”
During 1896, he served as natural history editor of Webster's International Dictionary, and he illustrated many of his own writings as well. In 1902, Verrill invented the autochrome process of natural-color photography.
Among his writings are many science fiction works including twenty six published in Amazing Stories pulp magazines. Upon his death, P. Schuyler Miller noted that Verrill "was one of the most prolific and successful writers of our time," with 115 books to his credit as well as "articles in innumerable newspapers." Everett F. Bleiler described Verrill's "lost race" stories as "more literate than most of their competition, but stodgy."
When the Moon Ran Wild (1962) was published posthumously using the name Ray Ainsbury.
Verill's books were praised for their entertaining writing style but were criticized by biologist Joel Hedgpeth for containing "outrageous fabrications" to appeal to younger readers. Geneticist H. Bentley Glass wrote that Verill had written a number of entertaining works but his Strange Prehistoric Animals and Their Stories was riddled with errors and what passed as fact in the book was "hardly distinguishable" from fiction.
Lionel Walford a marine biologist wrote in a review for Verrill's Wonder Creatures of the Sea that the literary quality is "nullified by its lack of scientific dependability".
- Strange Sea Shells and Their Stories
- Strange Insects and Their Stories
- Strange Reptiles and Their Stories (1937)
- Strange Birds and Their Stories (1938)
- Strange Fish and Their Stories
- Strange Monsters and Their Stories
- Strange Prehistoric Animals and Their Stories (1948)
- Strange Creatures of the Sea
- Wonder Creatures of the Sea (1940)
- Foods America Gave the World
- Harper's Book for Young Naturalists
- The Incas' Treasure Cove
- My Jungle Trails
- Strange Customs, Manners and Beliefs
- The Strange Story of Our Earth: A Panorama of the Growth of Our Planet as Revealed by the Sciences of Geology and Paleontology
- Beyond the Pole, Amazing Stories (October 1926)
- The Man Who Could Vanish, Amazing Stories (January 1927)
- Plague of the Living Dead, Amazing Stories (April 1927)
- The Voice from the Inner World (1927)
- The World of the Giant Ants, Amazing Stories Quarterly (Fall 1928)
- The Bridge of Light, Amazing Stories Quarterly (Fall 1929)
- The Inner World, Amazing Stories (July 1935)
- When the Moon Ran Wild (1962)
- "The Reference Library", Astounding Science Fiction, March 1955, p.152
- Bleiler, Everett Franklin; Bleiler, Richard (1990). Science Fiction, the Early Years. Kent State University Press. p. 772. ISBN 0-87338-416-4.
- Hedgpeth, Joel W. (1956). Reviewed Work: Strange Creatures of the Sea. The Quarterly Review of Biology 31 (1): 42.
- Glass, Bentley. (1949). Reviewed Work: Strange Prehistoric Animals and Their Stories. The Quarterly Review of Biology 24 (2): 146.
- Walford, L. A. (1940). Wonder Creatures of the Sea. Copeia 1940 (3): 209.
- Ackerknecht, Erwin H. (1946). Reviewed Work: Strange Customs, Manners and Beliefs. The Quarterly Review of Biology 21 (4): 421.
- Smith, Ella Thea. (1953). Reviewed Work: The Strange Story of Our Earth: A Panorama of the Growth of Our Planet as Revealed by the Sciences of Geology and Paleontology. The Quarterly Review of Biology 28 (1): 41.
- Anonymous. (1914). Reviewed Work: Harper's Book for Young Naturalists. The Sewanee Review 22 (2): 255.
- Who Was Who in America, Vol 3: 1951-1960.
- Works by Alpheus Hyatt Verrill at Project Gutenberg
- Works by or about Alpheus Hyatt Verrill at Internet Archive
- All of his science fiction stories, some full-length books and many of his articles are at http://stillwoods.blogspot.com
- A. Hyatt Verrill at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database