Lewin, Leonard C

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(1916-1999) US author of an sf Satire – a Parody published in the shape of a spoof dissertation, Report from Iron Mountain: On the Possibility and Desirability of Peace (1967) – which presents the conclusions of a US Government commission formed to consider the economic and political threat of world peace. In a tone of cunningly egregious Realpolitik, the commission urges that the world be kept on a continual War-footing. For some time – aided by a hoax review in the Washington Post by John Kenneth Galbraith writing as Professor Herschel McLandress – it was fairly widely believed that the "Report" was authentic. Triage (1972) is a Near-Future novel about growing political oppression in the USA; the government secretly applies the wartime medical practice of triage to social "problems" with the aim of eliminating them – literally (see Overpopulation). [JC]

Leonard Case Lewin

born New York: 2 October 1916

died New Haven, Connecticut: 28 January 1999

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