(November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910)
American writer born Samuel L. Clemens in Florida, Missouri, and grew up in Hannibal, Missouri. He held a variety of jobs in the printing and steamboat industries before trying his hand at prospecting. Eventually, he became a newspaper reporter and gained some fame for "the jumping frog" story. He wrote numerous novels and short stories, some of which include science fictional or fantastic elements, including the time travel novel A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1889), "The Undying Head" (1883), and "Extract from Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven" (1907). Steven H Silver has argued that his novel Pudd'nhead Wilson can also be considered science fiction.
In 1984, David Ketterer edited the collection The Science Fiction of Mark Twain, which collected many of his stories that could be considered science fictional.
Entry in The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction.
Awards, Honors and GoHships:
- 1993 -- ConFrancisco (posthumous)
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