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Nicholas, John

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(?   -    ) UK author of a book-length Near Future sf poem, Saturnalia in the Suburbs: A Comic Poem (1940 chap), set in 1988 after a mysterious impulse – ordained by the gods, impatient with the tediousness of British life – causes everyone to wander about the countryside naked, abandoning London to a vast conflagration. The mildness of the Satire, and the ease with which the author burns London to the ground, may be explained by the tale's completion in November 1939, a year before the Blitz (see World War Two). [JC]

John Nicholas




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