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Mason, Colin

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

(1926-2020) New Zealand-born Australian journalist, politician – Senator for New South Wales 1977-1987 – and author whose Near Future sf novel, Hostage (23 July-3 August 1973 Melbourne Sun; 1973), sets the beginning of World War Three in Israel and its climax in Australia. The 2030 Spike: Countdown to Global Catastrophe (2003; rev vt A Short History of the Future – Surviving the 2030 Spike 2006) as Colin J Mason is a nonfiction exercise in Futures Studies which describes a savage accumulation of crises two decades hence, and the "drivers" that enable them, all of which will require a world government to survive. [JC]

Colin Victor James Mason

born Auckland, New Zealand: 28 October 1926

died Wahroonga, New South Wales: 18 July 2020


  • Hostage (London: Macmillan, 1973) [first appeared 23 July-3 August 1973 Melbourne Sun: hb/]



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