Harris' second story "The Fate of the Poseidonia" placed third in a contest for Amazing Stories. Editor Hugo Gernsback wrote in his introduction of the story in the June 1927 issue of the pulp magazine, "That the third prize winner should prove to be a woman was one of the surprises of the contest, for, as a rule, women do not make good scientification writers, because their education and general tendencies on scientific matters are usually limited. But the exception, as usual, proves the rule, the exception in this case being extraordinarily impressive. The story has a great deal of charm, chiefly because it is not overburdened with science, but whatever science is contained therein is not only quite palatable, but highly desirable, due to its plausibility. Not only this, but you will find that the author is a facile writer who keeps your interest unto the last line. We hope to see more of Mrs. Harris's scientification in Amazing Stories." Sadly, her byline was not on the cover.
|Amazing Stories June 1927|
Harris' short career produced 11 short stories, mainly published in Amazing Stories, and one historical fiction, the novel Persephone of Eleusis: A Romance of Ancient Greece (1923). She put down her pen in the 1930s, reportedly to raise her three sons, after writing four letters for the pulps. Her final letter, published in Wonder Stories in August 1931, classified some of the predominant themes of science fiction.
|Amazing Stories December 1928|
Cover art by Frank R. Paul
|Paperback Edition (2011)|
The Wizard of the Island, or the Vindication of Prof. Waldinger by Frank Stover Winger