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Thompson, Vance

(1863-1925) US literary critic and author in various genres (including early twentieth-century nutritionism). The Carnival of Destiny (coll of linked stories 1916) depicts a sequence of Reincarnations in terms of fantasy; The Scarlet Iris (1924; vt The Tarnished Woman 1924) is supernatural horror; and The Green Ray (November 1922-March 1923 Munsey's as "The Man of the Miracle"; 1924) is hoax rather than sf, except for some ambivalence surrounding a black man bleached white and unpleasantly made the basis of a racist denouement (see Race in SF). His Dr Guelpa tales, featuring a French detective, verge on horror. [JC]

Vance Thompson

born Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: 17 April 1863

died 5 June 1925



Entry from The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction edited by John Clute, David Langford, Peter Nicholls and Graham Sleight.
Accessed 23:20 pm on 6 July 2020.