George Griffith (1857-1906)
George Griffith is the working name of British explorer, journalist and writer George Chetwynd Griffith-Jones. The Angel of the Revolution remains his best and most famous work, and was among the first of the so-called "marvel tales", which were epitomised by Jules Verne. Although overshadowed by the work of H. G. Wells in the US, Griffith's epic fantasies of romantic utopians in a future world of war, dominated by airship battle fleets and grandiose engineering provided a template for steampunk novels a century before the term was coined. During his time as an explorer, Griffith shattered the existing record for travelling around the world, completing his journey in just 65 days. He also helped to discover the source of the Amazon river.
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