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Blackwood, Gary L

Entry updated 27 February 2023. Tagged: Author.

(1945-    ) US author, in Canada from 2005, most of his work being for Young Adult readers; he began publishing work of genre interest with "Ethan Unbound" in Short Circuits: Thirteen Shocking Stories by Outstanding Writers for Young Adults (anth 1992) edited by Donald R Gallo, tales like The Lion and the Unicorn (1982) – in which marginal fantasy elements attend hints that the Robin Hood story cycle is being evoked – being typical. But The Dying Sun (1989), though its guess that North America will have suffered an Ice Age by 2050 seems unlikely in the first decades of the twenty-first century, intriguingly posits a wilderness America, many of whose surviving citizens have emigrated south to Mexico, where their lives are not easy. The story involves a trek back into the wilds of Missouri. Other novels include Beyond the Door (1991), an Alternate History tale, and The Year of the Hangman (2002), set in an Alternate History version of 1777 in which the British have beaten the American rebel states, and Second Sight (2005), in which a clairvoyant girl has a vision of the assassination of President Lincoln. [JC]

Gary L Blackwood

born Meadville, Pennsylvania: 23 October 1945



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