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Adam, Paul

Entry updated 15 October 2018. Tagged: Author.

(1862-1920) French journalist, editor and author, mostly of historical novels through which he espoused strongly argued anarchist views. Of sf interest is Lettres de Malaisie ["Letters from Malaysia"] (November 1896-August 1897 La Revue Blanche; 1898; vt La Cité Prochaine ["The Next City"]: Lettres de Malaisie 1908) which described a totalitarian Dystopia occupying much of the interior of Borneo from 1850 onwards. Advanced Technology, which includes superior forms of Communication and Transportation, is contrasted with repressive social controls over the population of a manipulative reality-twisting severity that anticipates George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949): the Ministry of Aesthetics, for instance, is responsible for public orgies and parades of readied virgins. [JC]

Paul Marie Auguste Adam

born Paris: 7 December 1862

died Paris: 2 January 1920

works (highly selected)

  • Lettres de Malaisie ["Letters from Malaysia"] (Paris: La Revue Blanche, 1898) [first appeared November 1896-August 1897 La Revue Blanche: binding unknown/]
    • La Cité Prochaine ["The Next City"]: Lettres de Malaisie (Paris: Bibliothèque des Auteurs Modernes, 1908) [vt of the above: binding unknown/]

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