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Martin, John S

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(1900-1977) US editor – a senior figure in Time magazine from 1924 until after World War Two – and author, whose Near Future sf novel, General Manpower (1938), told as a Future History from a twenty-first-century perspective, depicts a world challenged by General Manpower, a corporation founded to develop J Orestes Jones's Invention of procedures based on strict Eugenics that translate normal people into obedient Supermen. After Jones creates a regimented Utopia in Baja California in 1949 – its sanitized, monumental capital, riddled with athletics stadiums, is called Valhalla; the Satire of Nazi Germany is clear – his company begins to generate hundreds of thousands of trained warriors, and mounts an Invasion of San Francisco in 1959. Jones is betrayed by a colleague before being able to undertake the policing of the world, under the aegis of a sort of United Nations dominated by Anthony Eden's Britain. [JC]

John Stuart Martin

born Winnetka, Illinois: 9 November 1900

died Phillipsburg, New Jersey: 25 June 1977



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