George Allan England

George Allan England (9 February 1877 - 26 June 1936) 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.

George Allan England
England as depicted in Wonder Stories, January 1930
England as depicted in Wonder Stories, January 1930
Born9 February 1877
Fort McPherson, Nebraska, United States
Died26 June 1936 (aged 59)
United States
OccupationWriter, explorer
GenresSpeculative fiction, science fiction


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] In that election, he finished in third place with 2,081 votes (1.47%).[2] England died in a hospital in New Hampshire, although there is a legend that he disappeared on a treasure hunt.[1]


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.[3]

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.[4] 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." [5]

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). [3]


Fantastic Novels cover March 1949
The Golden Blight was republished in the March 1949 issue of Fantastic Novels.
A. Merrit's Fantasy Magazine October 1950
The Elixir of Hate was reprinted in the October 1950 issue of A. Merritt's Fantasy Magazine
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The Flying Legion was republished in the January 1950 issue of Fantastic Novels.
  • Darkness and Dawn Series
    • The Vacant World (1912)
    • Beyond the Great Oblivion (1913)
    • The Afterglow (1914)

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

  • 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
  • The Thing--From Outside (2016, short story collection)
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
Bill Jenkins, Buccaneer February–March, 1917 All-Story Weekly
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


  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. ^ Maine Register State Year-Book and Legislative Manual. Portland, ME: Tower Publishing Company. 1980. p. 82. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  3. ^ 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).
  4. ^ Ashley, Time Machines, p. 51.
  5. ^ George Allan England. The Air Trust. St. Louis, MO. Phil Wagner. 1915. p. 329.


  • 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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Adventure Tales

Adventure Tales is an irregularly published magazine reprinting classic stories from pulp magazines of the early 20th century. It is edited by science fiction writer John Gregory Betancourt and published by Wildside Press. In 2011 it was published biannually. Each issue has a theme or a featured author related to pulp magazines. Its headquarters is in Rockville, Maryland.

Issue #1 (2006) featured prolific pulp writer Hugh B. Cave.

Contents: "Skulls," by H. Bedford Jones; "Under the Flame Trees," by H. de Vere Stacpoole; "Rats Ashore," by Charles C. Young; "The Evil Eye," by Vincent Starrett; "Watson!" by Captain A. E. Dingle; "Island Feud," by Hugh B. Cave; "The Man Who Couldn't Die," by Hugh B. Cave;

Issue #2 (2006) featured pulp writer Nelson Bond.

Includes work by Dorothy Quick, Achmed Abdullah, John D. Swain, Christopher B. Booth, Harold Lamb, Nelson Bond, and Arthur O. Friel.

Issue #3 (2006) featured pulp writer Murray Leinster.

Other contents includes: "Land Sharks and Others," by H. Bedford-Jones; "Light on a Subject," by Raymond S. Spears; "Channa's Tabu," by Harold Lamb; "Forbidden Fruit," by John D. Swain; "Kill That Headline," by Robert Leslie Bellem; "The Floating Island," by Philip M. Fisher; Africa," by George Allan England. A special book-paper edition included extra content: "Nerve" and "The Street of Magnificent Dreams," by Murray Leinster; "The Moon-Calves," by Raymond S. Spears; and "Pirates' Gold," by H. Bedford-Jones.

Issue #4 (2007) featured pulp writers associated with Weird Tales magazine.

Contents: "The Monkey God," by Seabury Quinn; "Double-Shuffle," by Edwin Baird; "Every Man a King," by E. Hoffmann Price; "Blind Man's Bluff," by Edwin Baird; "The Mad Detective," by John D. Swain; "Son of the White wolf," by Robert E. Howard; "Adventure," by Clark Ashton Smith (verse); "Astrophobos," by H.P. Lovecraft (verse); "Always Comes Evening," by Robert E. Howard (verse)

Issue #5 (2008) featured pulp writer Achmed Abdullah.

Contents: "Their Own Dear Land," by Achmed Abdullah; "The Pearls of Paruki," by J. Allan Dunn; "The Midmatch Tragedy," by Vincent Starrett; "The Remittance Woman," by Achmed Abdullah.

Issue #6 (2010) featured pulp writer H. Bedford-Jones.

Contents: "The Fugitive Statue," by Vincent Starrett; "Miracle," by John D. Swain; "Mustered Out," by H. Beford-Jones; "The Devil's Heirloom," by Anthony M. Rud; "The Tapir," by Arthur O. Friel; "Thubway Tham's Dog," by Johnston McCulley; "The Badman's Brand," by H. Bedford-Jones; "Lancelot Biggs Cooks a Pirate," by Nelson S. Bond; "Surprise in Sulphur Springs," by Bedford-Jones; "Payable to Bearer," by Talbot Mundy; plus a facsimile reprint of the first issue of AMRA, the fantasy fanzine.

Algernon Blackwood

Algernon Henry Blackwood, CBE (14 March 1869 – 10 December 1951) was an English short story writer and novelist, one of the most prolific writers of ghost stories in the history of the genre. He was also a journalist and a broadcasting narrator. S. T. Joshi has stated that "his work is more consistently meritorious than any weird writer's except Dunsany's" and that his short story collection Incredible Adventures (1914) "may be the premier weird collection of this or any other century".

Amazing Stories

Amazing Stories is an American science fiction magazine launched in April 1926 by Hugo Gernsback's Experimenter Publishing. It was the first magazine devoted solely to science fiction. Science fiction stories had made regular appearances in other magazines, including some published by Gernsback, but Amazing helped define and launch a new genre of pulp fiction.

As of 2018, Amazing has been published, with some interruptions, for ninety-two years, going through a half-dozen owners and many editors as it struggled to be profitable. Gernsback was forced into bankruptcy and lost control of the magazine in 1929. In 1938 it was purchased by Ziff-Davis, who hired Raymond A. Palmer as editor. Palmer made the magazine successful though it was not regarded as a quality magazine within the science fiction community. In the late 1940s Amazing presented as fact stories about the Shaver Mystery, a lurid mythos that explained accidents and disaster as the work of robots named deros, which led to dramatically increased circulation but widespread ridicule. Amazing switched to a digest size format in 1953, shortly before the end of the pulp-magazine era. It was sold to Sol Cohen's Universal Publishing Company in 1965, which filled it with reprinted stories but did not pay a reprint fee to the authors, creating a conflict with the newly formed Science Fiction Writers of America. Ted White took over as editor in 1969, eliminated the reprints and made the magazine respected again: Amazing was nominated for the prestigious Hugo Award three times during his tenure in the 1970s. Several other owners attempted to create a modern incarnation of the magazine in the following decades, but publication was suspended after the March 2005 issue. A new incarnation appeared in July 2012 as an online magazine. Print publication resumed with the Fall 2018 issue.

Gernsback's initial editorial approach was to blend instruction with entertainment; he believed science fiction could educate readers. His audience rapidly showed a preference for implausible adventures, and the movement away from Gernsback's idealism accelerated when the magazine changed hands in 1929. Despite this, Gernsback had an enormous impact on the field: the creation of a specialist magazine for science fiction spawned an entire genre publishing industry. The letter columns in Amazing, where fans could make contact with each other, led to the formation of science fiction fandom, which in turn had a strong influence on the development of the field. Writers whose first story was published in the magazine include John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Howard Fast, Ursula K. Le Guin, Roger Zelazny, and Thomas M. Disch. Overall, though, Amazing itself was rarely an influential magazine within the genre after the 1920s. Some critics have commented that by "ghettoizing" science fiction, Gernsback harmed its literary growth, but this viewpoint has been countered by the argument that science fiction needed an independent market to develop in to reach its potential.

Avalon Books

Avalon Books was a small New York-based book publishing imprint active from 1950 through 2012, established by Thomas Bouregy. Avalon was an important science fiction imprint in the 1950s and 60s; later its specialty was mystery and romance books. The imprint was owned by Thomas Bouregy & Co., Inc.. It remained a family firm, with Thomas's daughter Ellen Bouregy Mickelsen taking over as publisher in 1995.On June 4, 2012 it was announced that had purchased the imprint and its back-list of about 3,000 titles. Amazon said it would publish the books through the various imprints of Amazon Publishing.

Blue Book (magazine)

Blue Book was a popular 20th-century American magazine with a lengthy 70-year run under various titles from 1905 to 1975. It was a sibling magazine to Redbook and The Green Book Magazine.

Launched as The Monthly Story Magazine, it was published under that title from May 1905 to August 1906 with a change to The Monthly Story Blue Book Magazine for issues from September 1906 to April 1907. In its early days, Blue Book also carried a supplement on theatre actors called "Stageland". The magazine was aimed at both male and female readers.For the next 45 years (May 1907 to January 1952), it was known as The Blue Book Magazine, Blue Book Magazine, Blue Book, and Blue Book of Fiction and Adventure. The title was shortened with the February 1952 issue to simply Bluebook, continuing until May 1956. With a more exploitative angle, the magazine was revived with an October 1960 issue as Bluebook for Men, and the title again became Bluebook for the final run from 1967 to 1975.

In its 1920s heyday, Blue Book was regarded as one of the "Big Four" pulp magazines (the best-selling, highest-paying and most critically acclaimed pulps), along with Adventure, Argosy and Short Stories.

Famous Fantastic Mysteries

Famous Fantastic Mysteries was an American science fiction and fantasy pulp magazine published from 1939 to 1953. The editor was Mary Gnaedinger. It was launched by the Munsey Company as a way to reprint the many science fiction and fantasy stories which had appeared over the preceding decades in Munsey magazines such as Argosy. From its first issue, dated September/October 1939, Famous Fantastic Mysteries was an immediate success. Less than a year later, a companion magazine, Fantastic Novels, was launched.

Frequently reprinted authors included George Allan England, A. Merritt, and Austin Hall; the artwork was also a major reason for the success of the magazine, with artists such as Virgil Finlay and Lawrence Stevens contributing some of their best work. In late 1942, Popular Publications acquired the title from Munsey, and Famous Fantastic Mysteries stopped reprinting short stories from the earlier magazines. It continued to reprint longer works, including titles by G. K. Chesterton, H. G. Wells, and H. Rider Haggard. Original short fiction also began to appear, including Arthur C. Clarke's "Guardian Angel", which would later form the first section of his novel Childhood's End. In 1951, the publishers experimented briefly with a large digest format, but returned quickly to the original pulp layout. The magazine ceased publication in 1953, almost at the end of the pulp era.

Fantastic Novels

Fantastic Novels was an American science fiction and fantasy pulp magazine published by the Munsey Company of New York from 1940 to 1941, and again by Popular Publications, also of New York, from 1948 to 1951. It was a companion to Famous Fantastic Mysteries. Like that magazine, it mostly reprinted science fiction and fantasy classics from earlier decades, such as novels by A. Merritt, George Allan England, and Victor Rousseau, though it occasionally published reprints of more recent work, such as Earth's Last Citadel, by Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore.

The magazine lasted for 5 issues in its first incarnation, and for another 20 in the revived version from Popular Publications. Mary Gnaedinger edited both series; her interest in reprinting Merritt's work helped make him one of the better-known fantasy writers of the era. A Canadian edition from 1948 to 1951 reprinted 17 issues of the second series; two others were reprinted in Great Britain in 1950 and 1951.

Ferry Farm

Ferry Farm (also known as the George Washington Boyhood Home Site or the Ferry Farm Site) is the name of the farm and home at which George Washington spent much of his childhood. The site is located in Stafford County, Virginia, along the northern bank of the Rappahannock River, across from the city of Fredericksburg. In July 2008, archaeologists announced that they had found remains of the boyhood home, which had suffered a fire during 1740, including artifacts such as pieces of a cream-colored tea set probably belonging to George's mother, Mary Ball Washington.

George England (disambiguation)

George England (1812–1885) was an English businessman.

George England may also refer to:

George England and Co. English locomotive manufacturing company

George England (divine), English divine and author

George England (organ builder), English organ builder

George Pike England (1765–1816), his son, organ builder

George Allan England (1877–1937), American writer and explorer

George St. Leger Grenfell

George St. Leger Grenfell (May 30, 1808 – March 1868?) was a British soldier of fortune, of the Cornish family, who claimed to have fought in Algeria, in Morocco against the Barbary pirates, under Garibaldi in South America, in the Crimean War, and in the Sepoy Mutiny. Immigrating to the United States, he fought for the Confederacy during the American Civil War, and was a leader of a notorious plot to seize control of parts of the Northern U.S.

H. Warner Munn

Harold Warner Munn (November 5, 1903 – January 10, 1981) was an American writer of fantasy, horror and poetry, best remembered for his early stories in Weird Tales. He was an early friend and associate of authors H. P. Lovecraft and Seabury Quinn. He has been described by fellow author Jessica Amanda Salmonson, who interviewed him during 1978, as "the ultimate gentleman" and "a gentle, calm, warm, and good friend." He was known for his intricate plotting and the careful research that he did for his stories, a habit he traced back to two mistakes made when he wrote his early story "The City of Spiders."

A resurgence of interest in his work occurred during the 1970s due to its appearance in the Ballantine Adult Fantasy series and the successor fantasy series published with the imprint of Del Rey Books.

In addition to writing, Munn collected books and classic pulp magazines, including Air Wonder Stories, Amazing Stories, Astounding and other science fiction titles, along with Argosy, Argosy All Story, Cavalier, Weird Tales (to the end of the Wright publication series), and others. Also in his library were self-manufactured books consisting of serialized stories extracted from magazines, notably works by George Allan England such as "Darkness and Dawn". About three fourths of his collection was ruined by exposure to weather during a relocation and had to be destroyed.

During his last years Munn lived in Tacoma, Washington in a house he had built himself. He did his writing either in his living room or in the attic room that constituted his library. During this time he was working on an additional volume of the Merlin series to be called The Sword of Merlin, which he did not live to finish. He was befriended at this time by the young writer W.H. Pugmire, who was influenced by Munn's work.

History of Saint Pierre and Miquelon

The History of Saint Pierre and Miquelon is one of early settlement by Europeans taking advantage of the rich fishing grounds near Saint-Pierre and Miquelon, and is characterized by periods of conflict between the French and British.

There is evidence of prehistoric native inhabitants on the islands, but there is no record of native inhabitants at the time of European exploration. Europeans began to regularly visit from the early 16th century and their settlements are some of the oldest in the Americas. At first the Basque fishermen only visited the islands seasonally during the fishing season, by the mid-17th century there were permanent French residents on the islands.

From the end of the 17th century, British attacks led to the French settlers abandoning the islands, and the British took possession from 1713 to 1763. The French then reclaimed them and settlers returned to live peacefully for 15 years. French support of the American Revolution led to a British attack and the deportation of the French settlers. Possession of Saint Pierre and Miquelon passed back and forth between France and Great Britain for the next 38 years, as the islands suffered attacks by both countries, voluntary or forced removal of the island's residents, and upheaval associated with the French Revolution.

France finally reclaimed the islands after Napoleon's second abdication in 1815, and there followed 70 years of prosperity for the French fishing industry and residents. However, political and economic changes led to a slow decline of the fishing industry after the late 19th century. There was a short 13-year economic boom on the island associated with the period of Prohibition in the United States, when Saint Pierre and Miquelon were prominent bases for alcohol smuggling. This boom ended with the end of prohibition in 1933, and the economy sank into depression.

The islands were an overseas territory of the Nazi-controlled regime of Vichy France after the fall of France in World War II, and were liberated a year and a half later by Free French forces in 1941. After the war, the fishing industry continued to languish, and now fish stocks have fallen so low that fishing is severely restricted. Saint Pierre and Miquelon are now trying to diversify their economy into tourism and other areas.

List of apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction

This is a list of apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction works as portrayed in literature, film, television, and, comics.Apocalyptic fiction is a subgenre of science fiction that is concerned with the end of civilization due to a potentially existential catastrophe such as nuclear warfare, pandemic, extraterrestrial attack, impact event, cybernetic revolt, technological singularity, dysgenics, supernatural phenomena, divine judgment, climate change, resource depletion or some other general disaster. Post-apocalyptic fiction is set in a world or civilization after such a disaster. The time frame may be immediately after the catastrophe, focusing on the travails or psychology of survivors, or considerably later, often including the theme that the existence of pre-catastrophe civilization has been forgotten (or mythologized).

Apocalypse is a Greek word referring to the end of the world. Apocalypticism is the religious belief that there will be an apocalypse, a term which originally referred to a revelation of God's will, but now usually refers to belief that the world will come to an end very soon, even within one's own lifetime.Apocalyptic fiction does not portray catastrophes, or disasters, or near-disasters that do not result in apocalypse. A threat of an apocalypse does not make a piece of fiction apocalyptic. For example, Armageddon and Deep Impact are considered disaster films and not apocalyptic fiction because, although earth and/or human-kind are terribly threatened, in the end they manage to avoid destruction. Apocalyptic fiction is not the same as fiction that provides visions of a dystopian future. George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four, for example, is dystopian fiction, not apocalyptic fiction.

Pulp magazine

Pulp magazines (often referred to as "the pulps") were inexpensive fiction magazines that were published from 1896 to the 1950s. The term pulp derives from the cheap wood pulp paper on which the magazines were printed. In contrast, magazines printed on higher-quality paper were called "glossies" or "slicks". The typical pulp magazine had 128 pages; it was 7 inches (18 cm) wide by 10 inches (25 cm) high, and 0.5 inches (1.3 cm) thick, with ragged, untrimmed edges.

The pulps gave rise to the term pulp fiction in reference to run-of-the-mill, low-quality literature. Pulps were the successors to the penny dreadfuls, dime novels, and short-fiction magazines of the 19th century. Although many respected writers wrote for pulps, the magazines were best known for their lurid, exploitative, and sensational subject matter. Modern superhero comic books are sometimes considered descendants of "hero pulps"; pulp magazines often featured illustrated novel-length stories of heroic characters, such as Flash Gordon, The Shadow, Doc Savage, and The Phantom Detective.

Short Stories (magazine)

Short Stories was an American fiction magazine that existed between 1890 and 1959.

Strange Ports of Call

Strange Ports of Call is an anthology of science fiction stories edited by American writer August Derleth. It was first published by Pellegrini & Cudahy in 1948. The stories had originally appeared in the magazines Blue Book, Amazing Stories, Weird Tales, Science and Invention, Astounding Stories, Coronet, The New Review, The Black Cat, Thrilling Wonder Stories, Wonder Stories, Comet, The Saturday Evening Post, Collier's Weekly and Planet Stories.

The Gift Supreme

The Gift Supreme is a 1920 American silent drama film starring Bernard Durning, Seena Owen, and Tully Marshall The film was written and directed by Ollie Sellers and based on the 1916 novel of the same name by George Allan England. The supporting cast includes Melbourne MacDowell, Eugenie Besserer, Jack Curtis, Anna Dodge, Claire McDowell and Lon Chaney in a villainous bit role.

Timeline of science fiction

This is a timeline of science fiction as a literary tradition.

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