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(1879-1949) UK physician and medical researcher and author of The Polyphemes: A Story of Strange Adventures Among Strange Beings (1906). The beings, Polyphemus horridus, giant intelligent Moon-worshipping ants from a Pacific Island, just fail to conquer the Near Future world of 1912, despite their use of "X Magnetism" to power their advanced Airships, which bomb Europe. The influence of H G Wells is apparent in this tale of Imperialism in reverse. [JC]
born Crosby, Lancashire: 7 April 1879
died Carshalton, Surrey: 3 September 1949
- The Polyphemes: A Story of Strange Adventures Among Strange Beings (London: Ward, Lock and Company, 1906) [illus/hb/Harold Piffard]
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