The Huge Hunter

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The Huge Hunter, or the Steam Man of the Prairies  (1868) 
by Edward Sylvester Ellis
The Steam Man of the Prairies by Edward S. Ellis was the first U.S. science fiction dime novel and archetype of the Frank Reade series. It is one of the earliest examples of the so-called "Edisonade" genre. Ellis was a prolific 19th century author best known as a historian and biographer and a source of early heroic frontier tales in the style of James Fenimore Cooper.— Excerpted from The Steam Man of the Prairies on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.