Christopher Evans (29 May 1931 – 10 October 1979)

Christopher Fowler writes, in The Book of Forgotten Authors (2017):

“…Evans was born in Wales in 1931. He joined the National Physical Laboratory (Hampton Road, Teddington) in his twenties and wrote about a coming computer revolution, in which he predicted that microchips would transform world communications. His only other authored book apart from Cults of Unreason was The Mighty Micro: The Impact of the Computer Revolution. It was successfully turned into a six-part TV series, but tragically Evans died before it could be published and the series transmitted…

…Evans was another passionate flyer and former RAF pilot whose thoughts turned to the links between humans and artificial intelligence. In 1969 these ideas coalesced into the anthology Mind at Bay, in which he suggested that the phantoms inhabiting our minds were about to take a new electronic form. What, he wondered, was the intersection between circuitry and imagination?…”

From Wikipedia:

“…Evans had a significant friendship and collaboration with the writer J. G. Ballard. Together around 1968 they developed ideas for a play about a car crash, offered to the Institute of Contemporary Arts but not produced. Later came an exhibition of crashed cars at The New Arts Lab in London in 1970, and ultimately Ballard’s novel Crash, published in 1973. Evans’ charismatic appearance as a “hoodlum scientist” (in Ballard’s description) was an inspiration for the character of Dr. Robert Vaughan in Crash. Evans also appears in Ballard’s fictionalised life story The Kindness of Women as the psychologist Dr. Richard Sutherland. (Ballard recounts his friendship with Evans in his autobiography Miracles of Life.)”.

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