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Atkins, John

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(1916-2009) UK teacher and author, who also published under his full name, John Alfred Atkins; he worked for Mass Observation before World War Two. He was literary editor of Tribune before George Orwell, and from March 1944 to 1947 edited The New Saxon Pamphlets #1-#3 (the first containing his short "The Apopleptic Revolution", in which all who permit themselves intemperate fury, from radio announcers to prime ministers, die with a click and an unwinding noise) and The New Saxon Review #4 and #5. The Diary of William Carpenter (1943 chap) is a psychological fantasy inspired by Luigi Pirandello (whom see); Tomorrow Revealed (1955) is a Future History as reconstructed in 5000 CE from a library containing the works of such writers as H G Wells and C S Lewis. The material assembled, often taken from the works of Genre-SF writers as well, builds a picture of history directed towards a theological goal. Two later novels, A Land Fit for 'Eros (1957) with J B Pick and The Golden Imp: A Modern Allegory (1993), contain fantasy elements. [JC/BS]

John Alfred Atkins

born Carshalton, Surrey: 26 May 1916

died Colchester, Essex: 31 March 2009




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