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Milo Hastings

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Milo Hastings

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Full Name: Milo Milton Hastins
Born: June 28, 1884
Farmington, Kansas, USA
Died: February 25, 1957
Occupation: Writer, Inventor, Nutritionist
Nationality: American


Milo Milton Hastings was an American inventor, author, and nutritionist. He invented the forced-draft chicken incubator and Weeniwinks, a health-food snack. He wrote about chickens, science fiction, and health, among other things.

The science fiction work for which Hastings is best known is City of Endless Night, a dystopian work. It first appeared as the story "Children of Kultur" serialized in True Story Magazine in seven installments from May to November, 1919. The word kultur, German for culture, had been made infamous by Allied propaganda in World War I. After Woodrow Wilson's reelection in 1916 there was a concerted effort on the part of his administration to convince the citizenry to go to war. A Committee on Public Information was established that produced pro-war and anti-German propaganda. There were pamphlets with titles such as "The German Whisper" and "Conquest and Kultur". There were movies with titles like The Kaiser, the Beast of Berlin and "Wolves of Kultur".

"Children of Kultur" was later revised, retitled City of Endless Night and published by Dodd, Mead and Company, Inc., copyright 1919, 1920. It was reprinted in 1974 by Hyperion Press, Inc. with an introduction by Sam Moskowitz who edited a reprint series of two dozen science fiction classics for Hyperion.

Works in the WWEnd Database

 Hyperion Classics of Science Fiction

 19. (1920)


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