Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Biographical notes by Blake Wilfong

"My mind rebels at stagnation. Give me problems, give me work, give me the most abstruse cryptogram, the most intricate analysis, and I am in my own proper atmosphere.... I abhor the dull routine of existence. I crave for mental exaltation."

British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) is best known for his numerous Sherlock Holmes detective stories. Indeed, Sherlock Holmes has far outlived his creator; modern writers continue to use the character in new stories, including science fiction.

Doyle's own best-known science fiction work is his 1912 novel The Lost World, in which explorers encounter living dinosaurs on a South American plateau. He also wrote several lesser-known science fiction novels and short stories. Some of his tales reflected his belief in psychic phenomena and the occult, especially spiritualism.

After an unsuccessful start as a physician, Doyle achieved wealth and fame with his writing. He left the medical profession in 1890 to write full time, and was knighted in 1902.

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