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Belden, David

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

(1949-    ) Swiss-born UK author, in the USA from 1982 for many years, but later again resident in the UK; his Galactic Collectivity sequence – Children of Arable (1986) and To Warm the Earth (1988) – depicts with clearly felt didactic urgency a Far-Future Earth trapped in sterile stasis, with a stagnant galactic civilization impotently observing the dying of the mother planet, though the protagonist of the first volume engineers a birth, which is intended to focus the sterile minds of the future on real issues (the novel is rich in feminist and religious discourse); in the second novel another female protagonist looks to a Collectivity satellite for a dubious technological fix. [JC]

David Corderoy Belden

born January 1949



Galactic Collectivity


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