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Ferrar, William M

Entry updated 22 April 2020. Tagged: Author.

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(1823-1906) Irish-born author, in Australia from around 1842, who also wrote as by Ferdinand Ferntree. No copies of his first identified title of sf interest, The Dream of Hubertus (circa 1870-1879), seem to have been examined. Given the carry-over of the eponym, this tale may have been an early draft of Ferrar ambitious Dystopia, Artabanzanus: The Demon of the Great Lake: An Allegorical Romance of Tasmania: Arranged from the Diary of the Late Oliver Ubertus (1896), a heavily allegorical narrative set mostly Underground beneath Tasmania, where a Lost World is inhabited by various societies, some exhibiting high Technology, but all suffused with hellishness. It is intimated that somewhere aboveground may be found a heavenly Utopia. [JC]

William Moore Ferrar

born Dublin, Ireland: 22 June 1823

died Ross, Tasmania: 14 August 1906

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