Monday, May 12, 2008

Harlan Elison's "Napoleon of Notting Hill" Echo

The great speculative science fiction writer Harlan Elison (a treasure of mine) wrote a now-famous short story, "Repent, Harlequin! Said the Ticktockman," in 1965, having strong thematic similarity to Chesterton's imagined political future in his The Napoleon of Notting Hill: notably its rebelliousness, its objection to a sterile, well-ordered, mechanistic universal technocracy society envisioned in the not-too-distant future, and a Fool who opposes it by jest and absurdity.

Click on this post's title for a hotlink to a .pdf version of the story....

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