(? - ) Canadian professional skateboarder and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Stinking Creep" (July 1999 The Three-Lobe Burning Eye), set in a coercively sanitized Near Future Vancouver. His second novel Greenwood (2019) frames nonfantastic dramas of enforced migration, through a world more and more dangerously denuded of biodiversity, with a frame story set in Near Future 2038, after Climate Change has exposed trees to a planetwide fungus, which destroys them. The historical sections of the tale gain resonance through specific references to John Steinbeck (1902-1968), author of The Grapes of Wrath (1939). Sharpening the Satirical vision of 2038 as a near-final stage in the suicide of Homo sapiens are scenes in which the wealthy – complete with their own private medical staffs, as in the real world – spend their leisure time in Keeps close to a surviving old-growth forest. The tale is set in Canada, and evokes the inimical Canadian Wilderness analyzed by, among others, Margaret Atwood in her nonfiction Survival: A Thematic Guide to Canadian Literature (1972). [JC]
born Thunder Bay, Ontario.
- Greenwood (Toronto, Ontario: McClelland and Stewart, 2019) [hb/public domain images]