|Title:||The Curious Case of Norton Hoorne|
|Publisher:||Argosy All-Story Weekly|
|Tags:||fiction, science fiction, short story|
Back thirty years ago when Argosy All-Story was the best-liked adventure fiction weekly in the land, when a story came in that didn’t fit the standard categories of Western, Detective, Adventure, or Sport, the editor would label it “A ‘Different’ Story” and run that phrase right under the title. It was these “different” stories which were the forerunners of modern fantasy, they were the seeds which grew into Weird Tales and Amazing Stories. One of the finds made then was a new writer named Ray Cummings who began to contribute unusual off-trail stories with increasing regularity. “The Curious Case of Norton Hoorne” bore the label “Different.” The reader will find it still justifies that designation. [Suggest a different description.]
Author Bio for Cummings, Raymond King
Ray Cummings (byname of Raymond King Cummings; August 30, 1887 – January 23, 1957) was an American author of science fiction, rated one of the "founding fathers of the science fiction pulp genre". He was born in New York and died in Mount Vernon, New York.
Cummings worked with Thomas Edison as a personal assistant and technical writer from 1914 to 1919. His most highly regarded work was the novel The Girl in the Golden Atom published in 1922, which was a consolidation of a short story by the same name published in 1919 (where Cummings combined the idea of Fitz James O'Brien's The Diamond Lens with H. G. Wells's The Time Machine) and a sequel, The People of the Golden Atom, published in 1920. His career resulted in some 750 novels and short stories, using also the pen names Ray King, Gabrielle Cummings, and Gabriel Wilson.
Photograph from Ray Cummings' grandson.
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