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Forrest, Aston

Pseudonym of the unidentified author (?   -    ) – probably UK – of the sf tale which makes up the bulk of The Extraordinary Islanders: Being an Authoritative Account of the Cruise of the "Asphodel", as Related by her Owner (coll 1903); his second story, much shorter, is of little sf interest. The sf story is a Satire on the now antiquated version of the Imaginary Voyage genre in which travellers discover Island societies whose characteristics grotesquely exaggerate "civilized" norms. In this case, the three Lost Races examined – the brilliant but savagely puritanical Rectinians, the Sex-obsessed Scrumpolonians, and the insanely moralistic Melanoonians – all fit the bill. [JC]

Aston Forrest





Entry from The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction edited by John Clute, David Langford, Peter Nicholls and Graham Sleight.
Accessed 20:16 pm on 3 August 2020.