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White, Ared

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(1880-1941) US military officer and author, one of the organizers of the American Legion in 1919; Camp White in Oregon was named for him. Of his numerous stories and four novels, two books are sf. Attack on America (1939) describes a weakened, unprepared USA of the very Near Future attacked through Mexico by an international coalition dominated by Germany; as with its model, George Chesney's The Battle of Dorking (May 1871 Blackwood's Magazine; 1871 chap), most of the book consists of vivid descriptions of the Invasion, focusing on army movements and battles (which the USA loses, though she emerges victorious at the end). In Seven Tickets to Singapore (1939), US agents pursue spies who have stolen a "detonation ray" (see Rays); the book is interesting mainly for its depiction of a Chinese detective substantially more intelligent and resourceful than his US employers. The Spy Net (1931) and Agent B-7 (1934), not sf, combine the worst elements of E Phillips Oppenheim and William Le Queux. [RB]

see also: Battle of Dorking.

Major General George Ared White

born Long Branch Township, Saline County, Illinois: 18 July 1880

died Clackamas, Oregon: 23 November 1941

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