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Hernaman-Johnson, Francis

(1879-1949) UK physician and medical researcher and author of The Polyphemes: A Story of Strange Adventures Among Strange Beings (1906). The beings, Polyphemus horridus, giant intelligent Moon-worshipping ants from a Pacific Island, just fail to conquer the Near Future world of 1912, despite their use of "X Magnetism" to power their advanced Airships, which bomb Europe. The influence of H G Wells is apparent in this tale of Imperialism in reverse. [JC]

Francis Hernaman-Johnson

born Crosby, Lancashire: 7 April 1879

died Carshalton, Surrey: 3 September 1949



Entry from The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (2011-current) edited by John Clute and David Langford.
Accessed 16:44 pm on 13 August 2022.