Mosley, Walter

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(1952-    ) US writer, best known for his crime fiction, in particular the Easy Rawlins sequence beginning with Devil in a Blue Dress (1990). He is of sf interest for several books: Blue Light (1998), an Equipoisal tale, traces the consequences of the eponymous radiance from space, which strikes the earth in discrete "needles" in 1965 and transforms (> Shapeshifters) anything alive that it comes in contact with, creating over the years a mild-mannered Pariah Elite of the changed, who anticipate the End of the World in an uplifting, Eschatological fashion; Futureland: Nine Stories of an Imminent Future (coll of linked stories 2001) is set in a polarized Near Future America, where savage class divisions are enforced by international corporations, Genetic Engineering experiments are imposed on the relatively helpless, though a sudden plague fatal to those without African blood restores the balance to a degree; and The Wave (2006), in which the mystical implications held at check in Blue Light are earthed in a secret history of the world involving the eponymous upwelling of Zombies, who are described in terms of the theory of Evolution. The easy recourse to Paranoia in all these tales, the intermittent passages of unforced eloquence, and an extremely casual (though sometimes stiff-legged) insouciance as regards scientific verisimilitude (> Pseudoscience; Scientific Errors), have all marked Mosley as a Mainstream Writer of SF.

His recent sequence, the Crosstown to Oblivion series beginning with Crosstown to Oblivion: On the Head of a Pin (2012 dos), seems decidedly more fluent, as figures out of Mythology walk the streets of Los Angeles (> California), and dead stars are reborn to shine deeply into the heart of America. The full title for the series, not given on the title page, clarifies Mosley's ambitions: Crosstown to Oblivion: The Beginnings of the End – Fragments of Six Fragmented Worlds. [JC]

Walter Ellis Mosley

born Los Angeles, California: 12 January 1952

died

works

series

Crosstown to Oblivion

individual titles

  • Blue Light (Boston, Massachusetts: Little, Brown and Company, 1998) [hb/]
  • Futureland: Nine Stories of an Imminent Future (New York: Warner Books/Aspect, 2001) [coll of linked stories: hb/Jon Valk]
  • 47 (Boston, Massachusetts: Little, Brown and Company, 2005) [hb/]
  • The Wave (New York: Warner Books, 2006) [hb/Jesse Sanchez and Don Puckey]
  • The Tempest Tales (New York: Black Classic Press, 2008) [fixup: hb/Charles Rue Woods]

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