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Stanley, William

Entry updated 5 August 2021. Tagged: Author.

(1829-1909) UK engineer and author, often on economic issues; of sf interest is The Case of The. Fox: Being his Prophecies under Hypnotism of the Period Ending A.D. 1950. A Political Utopia (1903). Hypnosis releases the "prophetic mental element" in an impoverished poet, Theodore Fox; the Utopia he describes in a series of visions, with its Federal Europe, electrified cars and Channel Tunnel (see Transportation), and a benign form of Eugenics, has few unusual elements. At the end, perhaps cast into despair by this vision of a world he can never attain through his poetry, Fox kills himself. [JC]

William Ford Robinson Stanley

born Islington, London: 2 February 1829

died South Norwood, Croydon, Surrey [now London]: 14 August 1909

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