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Lawson, Alfred William

Entry updated 12 August 2018. Tagged: Author.

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(1869-1954) US baseball player (a pitcher very briefly in the National Baseball League in 1890), opponent of the Ku Klux Klan (he attempted to break the colour bar in professional baseball), aviator and businessman (founder of Lawson Aircraft Company in 1919), inventor (mainly of the Pseudoscience Lawsonomy, a unified field principle that explains physics in terms of "zig-zag and swirl" and other principles: "Suction is the female of movement and Pressure is the male of movement", for instance), and author of an sf novel, Born Again (1904), whose protagonist, shipwrecked on a mysterious Island, discovers in an Underground City a sleeping giantess – the last of a race of Supermen whose demise in a vast Disaster had caused the Great Flood – whom he awakens with a kiss. Her Psi Powers allow her to explain to him that Homo sapiens is a subsequent race of apes (see Apes as Human), and to offer Utopian solutions to the world's ailments. [JC]

Alfred William Lawson

born London: 24 March 1869

died San Antonio, Texas: 29 November 1954

works (fiction only)

  • Born Again (New York: Wox, Conrad Company, 1904) [hb/nonpictorial]

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