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Bird, Arthur

Entry updated 11 August 2018. Tagged: Author.

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(?   -?   ) US author whose Utopia, Looking Forward: A Dream of the United States of the Americas in 1999 (1899), taking off remotely from Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward (1888), is a Future History describing an America/UK joint imperium, with America taking the Western Hemisphere (including Canada), and Britain most of the rest. Technology has made great strides, Food Pills eliminate "wasteful, lengthy lunches", Communications have been established with Mars, and the non-white lesser races of the world (see Race in SF) are held in check by American/UK control of the air (see Pax Aeronautica; Imperialism). Bird should not be confused with the composer Arthur Bird (1856-1923). [JC]

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