Tag Cloudanniversaries Arthur C Clarke author of the month authors commentary Connie Willis Edgar Rice Burroughs essentials fantasy masterworks films Frank Herbert Gene Wolfe Greg Bear H G Wells hugo award Jack Vance James Blish Joe Haldeman Kate Wilhelm Kev McVeigh Michael Moorcock nebula new releases news Pat Cadigan Paul McAuley Philip K Dick Poul Anderson publishing readers choice reviews Robert A Heinlein Robert Holdstock Robert Silverberg science sfe SF Gateway omnibus sf masterworks SFX Sheri S Tepper site admin Star Trek Stephen Baxter Ursula LeGuin world fantasy award
10 January 2017
On this day in 1951, American writer and playwright Harry Sinclair Lewis died in Rome, Italy.
Sinclair Lewis was well regarded for his satirical novels and, in 1930, became the first US winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature. He is probably best-known, now, though, for his 1935 satirical political novel It Can’t Happen Here, which depicts the rise of a US senator to the presidency, after a campaign that stirs up fear and promises drastic economic and social reform under the guise of a return to patriotic ‘traditional’ values. After the election he takes total control of the government and imposes an authoritarian rule.
Science fiction, eh? Crazy stuff. Just crazy . . .