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Brydges, Harold

Entry updated 11 August 2018. Tagged: Author.

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Working name of UK author James Howard Bridge (1856-1939), in USA from early manhood, whose A Fortnight in Heaven: An Unconventional Romance (1886) conflates sf and the occult in a manner common to much late nineteenth-century work. Able to send his spirit through Time and space, Captain Grizzle visits the planet Jupiter a century hence, finding the civilization there to be an expanded version of life on Earth, with Airships and other evidences of advanced Technology; but the society as a whole, which is treated Satirically, is a reductio ad absurdum of current arguments for socialism (Karl Marx is cited pejoratively). Bridge himself went on to write The History of the Carnegie Steel Company: An Inside Review of its Humble Origin and Impressive Growth (1903). [JC]

James Howard Bridge

born 1856

died 1939

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