J. D. Beresford
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A fascinating forerunner of modern science fiction: The mind-bending story of a prodigy in Edwardian England
Born to a famous cricket player, Victor Stott is a giant-headed, awkward boy who never cries or says a word. At first, he is branded an idiot, but as he grows up it becomes apparent that Victor possesses a superior intelligence. He can master any language, memorize entire libraries—perhaps even control people with his mind. As word of his otherworldly gifts spreads, so too do fears of what he might be capable of.
First published in 1911 and considered to be the first novel about a superman, The Wonder is a masterpiece of speculative fiction and a compelling portrait of what it means to be extraordinary.
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“Good stuff; enough to raise goose-pimples.” —Time Out London
J. D. Beresford (1873-1947) was an English author and book critic. The son of a clergyman, he was crippled by polio, an experience that profoundly influenced his work. He is best remembered today for his early science fiction novels, including The Wonder and The Riddle of the Tower.