Tweed, Thomas F

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(1890-1940) UK soldier, publisher and author, political advisor to David Lloyd George (1963-1945) from 1927 until his death; this relationship, and his affair with Lloyd George's then mistress (and eventual wife) Frances Stevenson (1888-1972) both figure, transposed to America, in his first sf novel, the Near-Future Rinehard: A Melodrama of the Nineteen-Thirties (1933; vt Gabriel Over the White House: A Novel of the Presidency 1933), filmed as Gabriel Over the White House (1933). The Lloyd-George-like American President, after a car crash, begins to transform society, and providentially destroys a Japanese war fleet through the use of air power, but – after recovering his old conventional personality – dies before he can dismantle the new world order (see Pax Aeronautica). Blind Mouths (1934; vt Destiny's Man 1935) less interestingly posits the collapse of a world to come. Both books are written with smooth gravity. [JC]

Thomas Frederic Tweed

born Liverpool, England: 11 May 1890

died Hendon, Middlesex [now London]: 30 April 1940

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