(1894-1993) US journalist and author, mostly of economic texts and tracts from 1915; in his sf novel, The Great Idea (1951; vt Time Will Run Back 1952; rev vt Time Will Run Back: A Novel About the Rediscovery of Capitalism 1966), the communist Wonworld world of the year 2100, which has dominated the planet for a century, is transformed back into a free-market capitalist society, the agent of change being the dictator's son. In accord with the author's Libertarian credentials, the communism of this society is more Soviet than Marxist, and is therefore ready to be loosened of its shackles. Interestingly, as young Peter Uldanov has been raised in isolation, it is as a kind of visitor to Dystopia that he instructed in the true nature of Wonworld, before demolishing it. [JC]
see also: Economics.
born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: 28 November 1894
died Fairfield, Connecticut: 9 July 1993
- The Great Idea (New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1951) [hb/nonpictorial]
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