Churchill, Winston S

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(1874-1965) UK politician and author, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953. His only novel, Savrola: A Tale of the Revolution in Laurania (May-December 1899 Macmillan's Magazine; 1900), is a Ruritanian story set in an imaginary European republic as a civil war rages. He is included here primarily for four short works: "Man Overboard! An Episode of the Red Sea" (December 1898 The Harmsworth Magazine), a tale of terror, though not supernatural; "Shall We Commit Suicide?" (24 September 1924 Nash's Pall Mall Magazine), an article predicting the apocalyptic nature of any likely Future War; "If Lee Had Not Won the Battle of Gettysburg" (December 1930 Scribner's), Thought Experiment in Alternate History based on a now familiar Jonbar Point, which was included in the seminal If It had Happened Otherwise: Lapses into Imaginary History (anth 1931; vt If: or History Rewritten 1931; exp 1972) edited by J C Squire; and "Fifty Years Hence" (December 1931 Strand Magazine), which speculates widely. In "The Dream" (written 1947-1948; as Chapter 20 of Winston S Churchill, 1945-1965: Volume VIII: Never Despair, 1966, by Martin Gilbert), the ghost of his father appears to Winston, and they speak about the future. Churchill was a significant figure in both World War One and World War Two, and has appeared as himself or under some transparent disguise in various Alternate World tales – often those with a Steampunk ambience, like Bryan Talbot's Grandville sequence, though Christopher Priest's use of him in The Separation (2002) casts a cold eye on his achievements. [JC]

Sir Winston Leonard Spenser Churchill

born Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire: 30 November 1874

died London: 24 January 1965

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