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Lester, Horace Frank

Entry updated 12 August 2018. Tagged: Author.

(1853-1896) Indian-born lawyer and journalist, in UK from an early age, associated with Punch from 1878 until his death; of sf interest is his Future War tale, The Taking of Dover (1888 chap) as H F Lester, in which France mounts a dishonourable but successful Invasion of England. The tale is notable for its early supposition that England may be defeated through subterfuge – five French regiments, in civilian garb, infiltrate Dover – rather than manly assault. [JC]

Horace Francis Lester

born Bombay, India: 9 March 1853

died Tunbridge Wells, Kent: 9 October 1896

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