UK painter, actor, playwright and author whose MW.XX.3. (1929; vt Hell's Loose 1929 US; vt The Million Pound Cypher 1931 UK) is an early example of the tale of technological PARANOIA. A dead scientist is discovered along with the eponymous formula for a cheap fuel which will if released supplant petroleum. The UK Government allows limited use of the fuel, but only until a working-class strike fomented by communists is defeated; thereafter the petroleum corporations are allowed to re-establish their dominance.

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