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1984 No Longer Science Fiction

Rebel News’ David Menzies says George Orwell’s earth-shaking novel 1984 was frowned upon as dystopian science fiction in 1949 and beyond. He says today, the novel has proven to be downright prescient.

“Orwell’s only miscalculation was that he was merely a few decades off in terms of pegging a date at which democracies would devolve into quasi-totalitarian nightmares.,” Menzies says.

Even Orwell admitted as much in a 1949 interview with the BBC a year before his death.  “I think allowing for the book, after all, to be a parody, something like 1984 could actually happen,” he said. “This is the direction the world is going in at the present time.” Here’s more with Menzies, who also discusses Rebel News recent edition of 1984, which includes many upgrades, including the artwork of acclaimed artist Paul Rivoche.

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