Ball, Frank P

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(?   -?   ) US author whose self-published Utopia, My Wondrous Dream (1923), may be set in Atlantis, as its protagonist falls asleep while reading Ignatius Donnelly's Atlantis: The Antediluvian World (1882), though his adventures soon depart radically from any Donnellian hypothesis, taking off from Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels (1726; rev 1735), as he finds himself a giant (see Great and Small) in a Lilliputian land. At this point the tale becomes morally unacceptable for later readers, as it extols the enslaving of blacks (see Race in SF). Miscegenation is punished by death. The theory of Evolution is anathema. An absolute monarchy rules a land without politics. [JC]

Frank P Ball





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