William Wallace Cook

William Wallace Cook was born in Marshall, MI in 1867. He was the author of dozens of westerns and science-fiction novels, many of which were adapted into films, as well as a memoir, The Fiction Factory. He was nicknamed “the man who deforested Canada” for the volume of stories he fed into the old pulp-magazine mill. He spent five years composing Plotto before finally publishing it in 1928. Cook died in his hometown of Marshall in 1933.