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Carter, Bruce

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Pseudonym of UK military historian, author and editor Richard Alexander Hough (1922-1999) for his stories and nonfiction books for Young Adult readers, beginning with an sf title, The Perilous Descent into a Strange Lost World (1952; vt Into a Strange Lost World 1953), featuring two young World War Two pilots who parachute onto an unknown islet in the English Channel, where a tunnel leads thousands of feet Underground into an orthodox Hollow Earth (see John Cleves Symmes) whose surface, thousands of feet further into the planet, they reach by parachute. The Lost Race they find there, descendants of Puritans fleeing Britain centuries earlier, enjoy high Technology (see Transportation), which a civil war threatens to end. The young heroes win the war for the good side, but must themselves trek underground to South America before reaching the surface again. The tale, which is competent, is notable for its nearly surreal archaic assumptions (no female is, for instance, mentioned), and for a tacit but perhaps, given the aseptic pallor of the lads' heartiness, unconscious gay subtext (the two heroes live together for years after their rescue). Carter's later, very considerably more up to date sf novels for older children include The Deadly Freeze (1976) (see Climate Change) and Buzzbugs (1977), about a plague of deadly insects. Nightworld (1987) is an Animal Fantasy [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. [JC]

Richard Alexander Hough

born Brighton, Sussex: 15 May 1922

died London: 7 October 1999



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