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Shirley, Robert

Entry updated 29 October 2021. Tagged: Author.

(?   -    ) US author whose Near Future Satire on American Politics Teenocracy (1969) may miss the mark in assuming that the land will be ruled in 1990 by the eponymous cohort, which has disenfranchised senior citizens. The world of Teenocracy is due to be further transformed by Genetic Engineering, Virtual Reality and the Internet: these projections, whose general drift is towards the co-optation of new generations, give the tale a slender salience. Shirley should not be confused with Robert Shirley (floruit 1910), author of "Captain Silence" (August-November 1910 The Scrap Book), a book-length thriller with fantastic elements partly set in a City Under the Sea. [JC]

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