Debut Fiction: In John W. Whitehead’s New Dystopian Novel “The Erik Blair Diaries,” George Orwell Travels to the Future in Order to Save the Past
ABOUT THE ERIK BLAIR DIARIES by John W. Whitehead: The dystopian future that George Orwell predicted for 1984 has finally arrived, 100 years late and ten times as brutal. To save all that he loves, Orwell will have to travel between his future self—Erik Blair, Orwell’s descendant and unwitting heir to his legacy—and the past. As for Erik Blair, his life plan isn’t overly complicated: Avoid trouble. Avoid pain. And get from one day to the next without attracting the “wrong” kind of attention, which really equates to any kind of attention when the government and its robotic thugs are involved. In this post-apocalyptic world where everyone marches to the beat of the same drummer, Blair—a young man earmarked for a future of compliance and servitude—isn’t volunteering to be anyone’s hero. Unfortunately, life doesn’t always go according to plan. The Erik Blair Diaries: Battlefield of the Dead is available in paperback and digital formats. Review copies are available to media upon request.
“We have arrived, way ahead of schedule, into the dystopian future dreamed up by the likes of George Orwell, Aldous Huxley, Margaret Atwood and Philip K. Dick. What once seemed futuristic no longer occupies the realm of science fiction,” said constitutional attorney John W. Whitehead. “I have spent my entire life working to stave off the totalitarian future that Orwell envisioned. As a lifelong freedom fighter, this series is my attempt to help my fellow travelers navigate a world that is no longer friendly to freedom.”
One of the nation’s most vocal and involved civil liberties attorneys, John W. Whitehead is the president of The Rutherford Institute, a nonprofit civil liberties organization. The author of the best-selling Battlefield America: The War on the American People and A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State, Whitehead also writes a syndicated weekly column.
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