Fletcher, J S

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(1863-1935) UK journalist and author of popular fiction, much of it for boys, though he is best known for his detective fiction. The Wonderful City (1894), for instance, carries its youthful protagonist to a Lost World in Western America at the famous Four Corners where Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah meet; unfortunately, the inhabitants' ecologically sound lives count for little when a great volcano erupts. Morrison's Machine (1900), an adult tale, analyses the relationship of scientific Man to the Machines he was creating at the turn of the century (see Scientists). In The Three Days' Terror (1901), idealistic terrorists evaporate a vast swathe of London when their ransom demand – for funds to build a better world – is ignored. The Ransom for London (1914) also deals with Near-Future threats to the stability of the UK. [JC]

Joseph Smith Fletcher

born Halifax, Yorkshire: 7 February 1863

died Dorking, Surrey: 30 January 1935

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