2010. By the Author of "The Adventures of John Jones." London: T. Werner Laurie, n.d. . Octavo, pp. [1-4] 1-249 [250-252: ads], original green cloth, front panel stamped stamped in black, spine panel stamped in gold, publisher's monogram stamped in black on rear panel. First edition. "Poverty and disease are annihilated, science rules, even men's minds can be changed by a new invention." - Gerber, Utopian Fantasy (1973), p. 146. Among the many inventions by Caesar Brent, a superhuman Universal and president of the Council of Federated States (England and Europe), is a process to turn Negro skin white. A British fifth column, the League of Good (which includes Universals opposing Caesar Brent), allied with Orientals who plan to conquer Europe, threaten the Anglo-European Federation. The League spreads a new disease which sickens and kills the Universals, one of whom is Caesar Brent's young son. Silvanus Strong, leader of the grateful whitened Negroes, makes plans to attack the Asians. Meanwhile, England is invaded by a flotilla of giant airships, piloted by Amazonian Asian women, that devastates the country. Ultimately, Caesar Brent's daughter invents a poison to kill all the Asian women and they die or flee England. A fine parody of Wells (THE ISLAND OF DOCTOR MOREAU, A MODERN UTOPIA and THE WAR IN THE AIR) and the bloodthirsty future war stories by M. P. Shiel. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 375. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 136. Clarke, Tale of the Future (1978), p. 43. Negley, Utopian Literature: A Bibliography 185. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 155. Bleiler (1978), p. 39. Reginald 02663. Bookplate of SF specialty publisher Oswald Train (Prime Press) affixed to verso of front free endpaper. Spine panel sunned, several stains on rear panel, free endpapers tanned, a very good copy. Scarce. (#157149).
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