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John Bernal[edit]

The Social Function of Science
Routledge & Kegan Paul Ltd.; The M.I.T. Press, 1967 (paperback)
  • Cf. Roy Johnston (2001) Century of Endeavour: JD Bernal and the 'Science and Society' Theme [1]

Jorge Borges[edit]

The Total Library
La biblioteca total
  • acknowledges the earlier development of this theme by Kurd Lasswitz in his 1901 story The Universal Library (Die Universalbibliotek)

Vannevar Bush[edit]

Mechanization and the Record
  • This is said to be the original verson to be reworked and expanded as his seminal As We May Think (1945).

Aldous Huxley[edit]

After Many a Summer
  • Dr Obispo places great faith in science and medicine as a saviour of humankind. He sees everyone as a stepping stone to science, the greater good, and thus only derives happiness at others' expense. According to Propter's philosophy, he is trapped in ego-based "human" behaviour that prevents him from reaching enlightenment.

James Joyce[edit]

Finnegans Wake
Faber and Faber, London

Arthur Koestler[edit]

The Gladiators
a novel about the Spartacus revolt in the Roman Empire and the 20th century left in Europe

George Orwell[edit]

Coming Up for Air
  • The novel presents an absorbingly realistic evocation of what is now called 'a mid-life crisis'.
  • What is most notable is not so much that Orwell predicted the start of World War II, which was becoming expected, but that he foresaw the transformation of society which would succeed it. Indeed, just a few years after the publication of this book, pre-war England was almost as different as George Bowling's Edwardian childhood.

John Steinbeck[edit]

The Grapes of Wrath
  • Part of its impact stemmed from its passionate depiction of the plight of the poor, and in fact, many of Steinbeck's contemporaries attacked his social and political views. Bryan Cordyack writes, "Steinbeck was attacked as a propagandist and a socialist from both the left and the right of the political spectrum.The most fervent of these attacks came from the Associated Farmers of California; they were displeased with the book's depiction of California farmers' attitudes and conduct toward the migrants. They denounced the book as a 'pack of lies' and labeled it 'communist propaganda'."
  • In 1962, the Nobel Prize committee cited Grapes of Wrath as a "great work" and as one of the committee's main reasons for granting Steinbeck the Nobel Prize for Literature.

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