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Brookfield, Arthur Montagu

Entry updated 16 January 2021. Tagged: Author.

(1853-1940) UK politician, in Parliament 1885-1902; of his several novels, Simiocracy: A Fragment from Future History (1884) is an sf tale of some interest for its explicit (though negative) assertion of a fictional similitude between colonized peoples and a cultivated society of orang-utans from Borneo (see Apes as Human; Evolution). After their delegates to a Near Future republican Britain are murdered, the citizens of Orani Otani invade successfully, at which point the Satire, which focuses on republicanism as responsible for all these troubles with apes, loses pace. [JC]

Colonel Arthur Montagu Brookfield

born London: 18 March 1853

died Sonning Common, near Reading, Berkshire: 4 March 1940

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