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Collins, Bridget

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

(1981-    ) UK actor and author active in the latter capacity, usually as by B R Collins, from the publication of The Traitor Game (2008), the first of several Young Adult novels, some containing fantasy elements. She is of wider interest for her two adult novels. The Binding (2019) is a fantasy about the ability of Story to tell the life of its teller. The Betrayals (2020) is no more fantasy than Hermann Hesse's Das Glasperlenspiel (1943 2vols; trans M Savill as Magister Ludi 1949; trans Richard and Clara Winston as The Glass Bead Game 1969): its protagonist, arriving at a remote mountain university, finds himself enwrapped in a sensorily disruptive Zone where life is governed on harsh Dystopian lines. It is a tyranny that can only be personally overcome through mastery – and ultimate transcendence – of the central metaphysical game (see Games and Sports). Its Magister Ludi (see Godgame) is a woman (see Feminism; Women in SF): a radical loosening of Hesse's patriarchal sense of how to gain ultimate meaning and/or freedom. [JC]

Bridget Collins

born UK: 18 August 1981

works (selected)

  • The Traitor Game (London: Bloomsbury, 2008) as by B R Collins [hb/Chris Gibbs]
  • A Trick of the Dark (London: Bloomsbury, 2009) as by B R Collins [pb/]
  • Gamerunner (London: Bloomsbury, 2011) as by B R Collins [pb/]
  • MazeCheat (London: Bloomsbury, 2012) as by B R Collins [pb/James Fraser]
  • The Binding (London: The Borough Press, 2019) [hb/]
  • The Betrayals (London: The Borough Press, 2020) [hb/]


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