Children of the 80s
The Danforth Archive
Concept: “Where lost plans wind up.” (Invention)
From The Who’s Who of Amazing Stories published in 1981:
Danforth, Alexandria – While most likely a pseudonym, the name Alexandria Danforth is remembered for inspiring several pulp and sci-fi novels in the 1950s.
The woman herself appears as a footnote in the World War II history of MI5. While her background with the agency was not recorded, it is most likely that she was a maths teacher brought in to help with what would eventually become the Ultra project to decrypt Axis communications.
She is recorded as having a stubborn belief in the “universal unconscious” and a specific theory that any plan committed to paper, especially if of sufficient “weight” to the course of history, would be imprinted on this unconscious. She agitated for resources to develop a machine that could access this information and, thus, copy Axis plans “from thin air.” Her superiors found this theory to be “the worst kind of mystical hoodoo” and never funded or even encouraged pursuit of the theory.
The idea did come to light after the war, and became a common trope in several short story magazines of the next two decades. Danforth was not heard from again after the war, and her fate is uncertain.
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