Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)

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Pseudonym of Anglo-Indian writer Martin Louis Alan Gompertz (1886-1951), most of whose tales of interest are lost-race novels (see Lost Lands), normally set somewhere in Asia. In his first novel, Stella Nash (1924), the protagonists seek treasure from a lost city in the jungles of India. Like many lost-race novelists, G slides with some lack of discrimination from sf to fantasy. For instance, his Sakaland sequence – Harilek: A Tale of Modern Central Asia (1923) and Wrexham's Romance: Being a Continuation of "Harilek" (1935), assembled as Adventures in Sakaland (omni 1978 US) – offers a cod racial explanation for the persistence of a Classic Greek culture in the middle of the Gobi Desert: Indo-Europeans who had been visited by Greeks in the 5th century maintain an uneasy hegemony over the "native" clan of Mongol-like Shamans. An element of fantasy enters, back-door, through the existence of Talents like telepathy. The second volume is dominated by love matters.

Other lost-race novels include Snow Rubies (1925), The Voice of Dashin: A Romance of Wild Mountains (1926), Mirror of Dreams: A Tale of Oriental Mystery (1928), The Speakers in Silence (1929) and Fairy Silver: A Traveller's Tale (1932). In The War Breakers (1939) a World War II is conjured up by occult forces. [JC]

other works: High Snow (1927); Dainra (1929); The Three R's (1930), an sf novel in which an international conspiracy tries to build an atomic bomb; Walls Have Eyes (1930); The Second Tigress (1933); Seven Times Proven (1934); The War Breakers (1939).

Martin Louis Alan Gompertz


This entry is taken from the Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) edited by John Clute and John Grant. It is provided as a reference and resource for users of the SF Encyclopedia, but apart from possible small corrections has not been updated.