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Tucker, Beverley

(1784-1851) US lawyer, judge, politician, educator and author, who also wrote as by Edward William Sidney, the pseudonym he used for his Proto SF novel, The Partisan Leader: A Tale of the Future (1836 2vols) [for publishing details see Checklist below], where his states' rights convictions are vividly expressed; the novel was frequently printed during the nineteenth century, sometimes under the author's true name. In Near Future 1849, during the fourth term of Martin Van Buren (1782-1862) [in reality he served one term as American President, 1837-1841], the Southern States secede from the Union, leaving Virginia stranded; the complex tale traces a family history (based on Tucker's own eminent clan) as state freedom becomes inevitable. Those Black men and women visible in the text (see Race in SF) declare themselves ready to fight to the death to remain slaves.

Tucker's later novels are nonfantastic. [JC]

Nathaniel Beverley Tucker

born Chesterfield County, Virginia: 6 September 1784

died Winchester, Virginia: 26 August 1851

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Entry from The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (2011-current) edited by John Clute and David Langford.
Accessed 02:58 am on 25 May 2022.