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Carrel, Frederic

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

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(1859-1945) UK author whose portrait of Frank Harris in an early novel, The Adventures of John Johns (1897), has been a source of misinformation about Harris for more than a century. Paul le Maistre (1901) is not sf, the invention at the heart of the book being a better plough; on the other hand, the Inventions of the Antihero ruler of an ambivalently Utopian Europe in 2010 (1914) are genuinely sf, though fitted within a narrative frame whose exorbitance has reasonably been understood as Parodic of the Future War tales of M P Shiel and others. One of these inventions is a technique for turning Black skins white, for which the coloured races of the world are distressingly grateful (see Imperialism; Race in SF). In the end, an Invasion of Britain by Amazonian Asians (see Women in SF; Yellow Peril) is defeated through the application of a genocidal poison. 2010 was published anonymously. [JC/MA]

Frederic Poingdestre Carrel

born St Helier, Jersey: 16 July 1859

died Montreux, Switzerland: 6 October 1945


  • 2010 (London: T Werner Laurie, 1914) as by "The Author of the Adventures of John Johns" [hb/]


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