Arthur Conan Doyle

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(May 22, 1859 – July 7, 1930)

Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle, a late 19th- and early 20th-century English writer principally famous for his stories of the eccentric detective Sherlock Holmes, also wrote science fiction, notably the Professor Challenger stories, and fantasy and weird fiction.

Other genre works by Doyle included The Doings of Raffles Haw (which might be considered ur-steampunk), as well as such stories as "The Horror of the Heights," "The Leather Funnel," "The New Catacomb," "The Case of Lady Sannox," "The Terror of Blue John Gap" and "The Brazilian Cat." These and other tales of science fiction/fantasy/horror were collected in Tales of Terror and Mystery, published by Doubleday in 1977. The Best Science Fiction of Arthur Conan Doyle, edited by Charles G. Waugh and Martin H. Greenberg, was published in 1981 by Southern Illinois University Press. Fourteen of Doyle's SF stories are included in this collection.

Doyle’s The Lost World gave its name to a genre.

The Professor Challenger Society is a club for stefnist Doyle aficionados.

Professor Challenger[edit]

George Edward Challenger is a fictional character in a series of SF stories by Doyle. Professor Challenger is a dominating figure. He was based on a real person, a professor of physiology named William Rutherford, who had lectured at The University of Edinburgh while Doyle studied medicine there.

Doyle's Professor Challenger stories are The Lost World (1912), The Poison Belt (1913), The Land of Mist (1926), The Disintegration Machine (1928), and When the World Screamed (1929).

Sherlock Holmes[edit]

Doyle’s London-based consulting detective Sherlock Holmes might have been a fan if fandom had existed then. While Doyle’s stories about him and his sidekick Dr. John H. Watson aren’t stfnal, they are favorites of many fen and a strong influence on the steampunk genre.

Holmes has featured in the sf of other writers, such as appears in these anthologies:


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