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Ridley, Frank A

Entry updated 12 August 2018. Tagged: Author.

The usual working name of UK politician, freethinker and author Francis Ambrose Ridley (1897-1994), most of whose books were on historical subjects. The Green Machine (1926) as by F H Ridley, though clearly cavalier in its treatment of science – presenting as it does the eponymous bicycle as a Spaceship capable of interplanetary travel – interestingly sends its protagonist to tour a crowded solar system, landing first on Mars, where he finds an advanced civilization (see Life on Other Worlds), and embark on a tour – an educational Fantastic Voyage typical of the early twentieth century Scientific Romance – accompanied by a Martian who is bent on colonizing Earth. The F H Ridley [sic] byline is more probably a typographic error than an intended pseudonym. [JC]

see also: Hive Minds.

Francis Ambrose Ridley

born 22 February 1897

died London: 27 March 1994

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