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(1894-1966) Irish translator and author who served as a press officer in World War One; his sf play, Mind Products Limited: A Melodrama of the Future in Three Acts and an Epilogue (1932 Netherlands), though breezily deprecatory of the 1960 world it depicts, introduces an inventive range of extrapolatory material, including mind control (and X-ray vision) through Drugs, carplanes and television phones, all contributing to a Čapek-like vision of totalitarianism in a world gone – subversively – mad. Anthropological Report on a London Suburb (1935) as by Professor Vladimir Chernichewski, a non-sf Satire, resembles later archaeological sf (see Ruins and Futurity) insofar as it regards "us ... as if were we primitive inhabitants of a Polynesian island". [JC]
Charles St Lawrence Duff
born Enniskillen, Ireland: 7 April 1894
died 15 October 1966
- Mind Products Limited: A Melodrama of the Future in Three Acts and an Epilogue (The Hague, Netherlands: The Servire Press, 1932) [play: pb/nonpictorial]
- Anthropological Report on a London Suburb (London: Grayson and Grayson, 1935) as by Professor Vladimir Chernichewski [chap: hb/]
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