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(? - ) US advertising executive and author. The protagonist of his first novel, The Futurist (short version Fall 2004 Virginia Quarterly Review; much exp 2006), having lost faith in Futures Studies, is recruited in what may be the very Near Future by what may be an inscrutable government agency or in fact a cadre of Secret Masters in waiting, to globetrot the planet to find out why the world so detests America (see Satire); at a Futureworld Conference held in South Africa, as the international world order threatens to collapse into chaos, he thinks he may have found out why: in essence that, through Advertising and coercion, America has created the world in its own image. Othmer's second novel, Holy Water (2010), which again satirizes modern America, focuses in part on the Ruritanian Kingdom of Galado, which is about to be modernized (see Media Landscape). [JC]
James P Othmer
- The Futurist (New York: Doubleday, 2006) [short version first appeared Fall 2004 Virginia Quarterly Review: hb/Michael J Windsor]
- Holy Water (New York: Doubleday, 2010) [hb/Michael J Windsor]
- Adland: Searching for the Meaning of Life on a Branded Planet (New York: Doubleday, 2009) [nonfiction: hb/]
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