Saint, H F

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(1941-    ) US businessman and author whose sf novel, Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1987), filmed as Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992), treats the question of Invisibility as a series of problems in practical living, in direct contrast to the aspirational hubris evinced by the Antihero in H G Wells's The Invisible Man (1897). After the protagonist is rendered invisible by an accident at a research establishment, he escapes the military, which hopes to use his condition for espionage purposes, and goes to ground in New York, where he confronts head-on – sometimes comically – the numerous conundrums of his state; he finally becomes romantically involved with a woman who believes in ghosts. The novel thus contrasts interestingly with Thomas Berger's Being Invisible (1987), in which the condition is likewise accepted deadpan, but in which the protagonist cannot capitalize upon his state. It appears that Saint retired from writing after the success of this book, his only novel. [JC]

Harry F Saint

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