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Buckley, Christopher

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(1952-    ) US author – son of William F Buckley Jr (1925-2008), himself the author of some fantasy but not sf – whose novels have been Satires of contemporary American life which sometimes edge towards the fantastic. Typical of these is Little Green Man (1999), in which the media pundit protagonist believes he has been abducted by Aliens but has in fact been abducted by a government agency, so secret the President does not know of its existence, whose goal is to maintain an appropriate level of apprehension and consequent malleableness in the American people. Florence of Arabia (2004) is set in an imaginary Middle Eastern country. But The White House Mess (1986), which is set between 1989 and 1993, is a Near Future Satire directed at the American presidency. Boomsday (2007) is also set in the Near Future, the title referring to the day when a particularly vast cohort of Baby Boomers hits retirement age; the novel deals with a complicatedly spoofed campaign to promulgate "Voluntary Transitioning", i.e. Suicide, in now-elderly Boomers. [JC]

Christopher Taylor Buckley

born New York: 28 September 1952

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