George Stephenson
Fictional Character
A Different Flesh
POD: C. 2.5-1.3 million years ago;
Relevant POD: c. 1492
Appearance(s): "The Iron Elephant"
Type of Appearance: Direct
Species: Human
Nationality: Federated Commonwealths of America
Date of Birth: Mid 18th century
Occupation: Station-master, Hotelier

George Stephenson was the station-master for the town of Springfield, Federated Commonwealths of America. In 1782, inventor Richard Trevithick came to Springfield with his prototype Iron Elephant steam-engine. Stephenson was so impressed that he neglected to have his crew ready to unload the passengers and baggage from a newly arrived train. The train's driver, Prem Chand, was angered by Stephenson's negligence. When he found the station-master, Stephenson briefly apologized, and the immediately introduced Prem Chand to Trevithick. Stephenson's enthusiasm helped goad Prem Chand into challenging Trevithick to a race between his hairy elephants and Trevithick's Iron Elephant.

Stephenson was also Springfield's largest hotelier.

Literary comment[]

This character appears to be named after an English railroad engine designer who lived 1781-1848 in OTL. The presence of the Trevithick character, also named after an OTL railroad figure of a later era, supports this hypothesis.