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Thorburn, S S

Entry updated 31 July 2023. Tagged: Author.

(1844-1924) Scottish commissioner in the Indian Civil Service and author whose sf novel, His Majesty's Greatest Subject (1897), begins with a Ruritanian premise – the protagonist supplants his twin brother as Viceroy of India – but soon shifts into a tale of the Near Future in which the usurper saves India from radicals of every stripe, and instrumental in turning back a Franco-Russian Invasion. The British Empire remains intact. [JC]

Septimus Smet Thorburn

born Kirkcudbright, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland: 12 August 1844

died Bracknell, Berkshire: 26 April 1924



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