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Thomas, Donald S

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

(1934-    ) UK historian and author, much of whose early fiction was written as by Francis Selwyn, primarily the Sergeant Verity sequence of nonfantastic historical thrillers [not included in Checklist below]. His Sherlock Holmes sequence of tales beginning with The Secret Cases of Sherlock Holmes (1997) hovers innocuously at the edge of the fantastic (see Sherlock Holmes). Thomas is of sf interest for Prince Charlie's Bluff (1974), an Alternate History with two initiating Jonbar Points: Bonny Prince Charlie's decision to accept the (apparently historical) invitation of some colonial Tories to move to Virginia and take office there; and General Montcalm's victory over General Wolfe at the Battle of Quebec in 1759. From this point, the American Revolution follows a different course. Lewis Carroll: A Portrait with Background (1996) is a competent study (see Lewis Carroll); Belladonna: A Lewis Carroll Nightmare (1984) is nonfantastic. [JC]

Donald Serrell Thomas

born Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset: 18 July 1934

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