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Griffiths, John

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

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(1934-    ) UK author in whose sf novel, The Survivors (1965), an assorted group of folk hang on in a Cornish cave after China starts World War Three. A nonfiction (and significantly unliterary) study, Three Tomorrows: American, British and Soviet Science Fiction (1980), treats the genre as a forum, defined – according to the sociological principles of Karl Mannheim (1893-1947), author of Ideologie und Utopie (1929; trans Louis Writh and Edward Shils as Ideology and Utopia: An Introduction to the Sociology of Knowledge 1936) – for predictive utterances that illustrate national characters. [JC]

John Charles Griffiths

born 1934



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