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Thomson, William

Entry updated 12 August 2018. Tagged: Author.

(1746-1817) Scottish author, in England from 1778, who also wrote as by Sergeant Donald Macleod, Thomas Newte and Andrew Swinton. He is of Proto SF interest for two connected titles [for full titles see Checklist below]: The Man in the Moon (1783 2vols), a Satire, clearly influenced by the work of Jonathan Swift, in which an earthling is taken to the Moon by its ruler, and shown various exemplary cultures hither and yon throughout the solar system; and Mammuth (1789 2vols), where the Man in the Moon tours Africa, concluding that Homo sapiens is progressing. [JC]

William Thomson

born Burnside, Perthshire, Scotland: 1746

died Kensington Gravel Pits, Middlesex [now London]: 16 February 1817

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