(1859-1911) US author and newspaper editor of considerable political sophistication, London correspondent for The New York Sun from 1892 until his death; he predicted (correctly) that some kind of Balkan conflict would soon ignite a world war. His acumen also shows itself in his Near Future sf novel, 6,000 Tons of Gold (1894): the protagonist – after gaining a huge hoard of gold from Patagonia – attempts to reform society by unbalancing the world stock exchanges, in the meanwhile using his advanced ship – it is powered by carbonic acid (see Inventions) – to prevent a Future War blowing up between Britain and the rest of Europe. But his financial dealings have only dubiously assisted the needy, and a cabal of the wise decides to dump the hoard into the deep sea. And does so. [JC]
see also: Money.
Henry Richardson Chamberlain
born Peoria, Illinois: 25 August 1859
died London: 15 February 1911
- 6,000 Tons of Gold (Meadville, Pennsylvania: Flood and Vincent, 1894) [hb/]
- 6,000 Tons of Gold (London: Innes and Co, 1894) as by Kenzie Eaton Kirkwood [notated for pseudonym: text identical: hb/]
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