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Bax, Martin

Entry updated 1 April 2024. Tagged: Author, Editor.

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(1933-2024) UK doctor of medicine, co-founder and long-time editor of the literary magazine Ambit, editor of medical texts, and author. In his sf novel, The Hospital Ship (1976), a narrative clearly evocative of the classical tale of the Narrenschiff or Ship of Fools, a group of experimental doctors sail the world's oceans after a Holocaust, applying triage techniques to the surreal world they find: curing those they can cure, stashing in the ship's mortuary those they definitely cannot, and applying a variety of techniques, many sexual, to the in-betweens. The imaginary Fantastic Voyages that shape the protagonist's liminal reveries in Love on the Borders (2006) hint at sojourns in Fantastika, but make no formal entrance. [JC]

Martin Charles Owen Bax

born 13 August 1933

died London: March 2024

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