Death Rocks the Cradle. A Strange Tale

TitleDeath Rocks the Cradle. A Strange Tale
Year for Search1933
Authors[Southwold], [Stephen](1887-1964)
Tertiary AuthorsPaul Martens [pseud.]
Date Published1933
PublisherCollins
Place PublishedLondon
KeywordsEnglish author, Male author
Annotation

Flawed utopia. An over-concern with health leads to an authoritarian dystopia. Those who get sick are permanently removed to a penal settlement, where all their descendants must remain. The penal settlement is itself a flawed utopia. There is no work required because technology does most of it. No buying and selling. No money. One meal per day has to be eaten communally in one of the many restaurants. A electrical fence surrounds each city. Children are named by the state, taken from their parents at birth, and raised in crèches without contact with their parents. Compulsory regular medical examinations. Lots of hospitals in penal settlements; none outside.

Pseudonym

Paul Martens [pseud.]

Holding Institutions

L, PSt

Author Note

(1887-1964)

Full Text

1933 [Southwold, Stephen] (1887-1964). Death Rocks the Cradle. A Strange Tale. By Paul Martens [pseud.]. London: Collins. See the note at 1915 Southwold. L, PSt

Flawed utopia. An over-concern with health leads to an authoritarian dystopia. Those who get sick are permanently removed to a penal settlement, where all their descendants must remain. The penal settlement is itself a flawed utopia. There is no work required because technology does most of it. No buying and selling. No money. One meal per day has to be eaten communally in one of the many restaurants. A electrical fence surrounds each city. Children are named by the state, taken from their parents at birth, and raised in crèches without contact with their parents. Compulsory regular medical examinations. Lots of hospitals in penal settlements; none outside.