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Palmer, Frederick

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

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(1873-1958) US journalist widely known as a war correspondent in various conflicts after 1897, and author of numerous nonfiction exercises in military Futures Studies, early emphasizing the likelihood of World War Two. Of sf interest are two Near Future tales: The Last Shot (1914), in which World War One is anticipated in detail; and So a Leader Came (1932), narrating the circumstances in which a charismatic leader may (as Adolf Hitler was about to) take over a country in crisis. [JC]

Frederick Palmer

born Pleasantville, New York: 29 January 1873

died Charlottesville, Virginia: 2 September 1958


  • The Last Shot (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1914) [hb/uncredited]
  • So a Leader Came (New York: Ray Long and Richard R Smith, 1932) [hb/nonpictorial]


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