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Butler, William

(1929-    ) US author best known for nonfantastic novels, some set in Japan. The Butterfly Revolution (1961), which is of sf interest, describes the almost instantaneous Dystopian tyranny created when a group of children "trapped" in a holiday camp take it over, a Satirical vision of an unhinged America which climaxes in the savage lynching of a Black camper (see Race in SF). The Butterfly Revolution was severely modified in the film version, Summer Camp Nightmare (1987). The House at Akiya (1963) is a ghost story; Mr Three (1964) is a Technothriller whose undercover agent protagonist uses advanced Weapons to combat his foes. [JC]

William Butler

born Portland, Oregon: 1929



Entry from The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (2011-current) edited by John Clute and David Langford.
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