Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.
(1885-1963) UK actor, playwright, painter and author, related to many Pertwees, including his son Jon Pertwee (1919-1996), an early Doctor Who (see Doctor Who). His MW.XX.3. (1929; vt Hell's Loose 1929; vt The Million Pound Cypher 1930) is an early example of the tale of technological Paranoia. A dead scientist is discovered along with the eponymous formula for a cheap fuel which will if released supplant petroleum. The UK Government allows limited use of the fuel, but only until a working-class strike fomented by communists is defeated; thereafter the petroleum corporations are allowed to re-establish their dominance. [JC]
born Brighton, East Sussex: 17 May 1885
died London: 26 April 1963
- MW.XX.3. (London: William Heinemann, 1929) [hb/]
- Hell's Loose (Boston, Massachusetts: Houghton Mifflin, 1929) [vt of the above: hb/uncredited]
- The Million Pound Cypher; Or, MW.XX.3. (London: William Heinemann, 1930) [vt of the above: hb/]
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