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With the December 1933 issue of Astounding Stories, the editor Tremaine announced his new policy for stories of total originality and scope. He called them 'thought variants', and the first example was 'Ancestral Voices' by none other than Wonder Stories' leading writer Nathan Schachner. The plot was simple. A man travels back in time and kills a Hun who would otherwise have been a distant ancestor. As a result thousands of people in the modern day disappear. The twist Schachner added was that these people were amongst every race and creed. The story is not amongst Schachner's best, and did not create the stir that Tremaine expected, but it had some degree of originality.
—The History of the Science Fiction Magazine, Volume 1, by Michael Ashley [Suggest a different description.]
Author Bio for Schachner, Nathan
Nat Schachner, also appearing as "Nathan Schachner" was an American author. He also wrote genre fiction under pseudonyms, including Chan Corbett and Walter Glamis. His first published story was "The Tower of Evil," written in collaboration with Arthur Leo Zagat and appearing in the Summer 1930 issue of Wonder Stories Quarterly. Schachner, who was trained as a lawyer and held an undergraduate degree, achieved his greatest success writing biographies of early American historical figures, after about a decade of writing science fiction short stories. Schachner was one of Isaac Asimov's favorite authors.
Schachner's first eleven stories were all written with Zagat, and after their collaboration dissolved he wrote under his own name and the pseudonyms Chan Corbett and Walter Glamis. He only published one science fiction novel in book form, Space Lawyer (1953), which originally appeared in Astounding in 1941. His science-fiction career went into a decline after 1941, possibly from changing expectations of the editorial and reading public, or possibly because of increasing time spent on his historical works.
In addition to his works of science fiction, he is the author of a number of non-genre historical novels and several biographies of early American political figures, most notably his two volume work on Thomas Jefferson.--Wikipedia.
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