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Cordell, Alexander

Entry updated 11 August 2018. Tagged: Author.

Pseudonym of Ceylon-born UK author George Alexander Graber (1914-1997); after World War Two he lived in Wales, a land to which he became intensely loyal, and where much of his non-fantastic fiction is set. The Bright Cantonese (1967; vt The Deadly Eurasian 1968) combines doomed romance and nuclear Disaster with an intensity reminiscent of the early Geoffrey Household, as the eponymous female Red Guard – who leaves her lover on a quest through the United States in search out those responsible for the nuclear bombing of part of China – fails to prevent a further disaster, the nuclear destruction of several major American cities. If You Believe the Soldiers (1973) describes a Near Future fascist military takeover of Britain; the junta – through its own stupidity – is eventually overthrown. [JC]

George Alexander Graber

born Colombo, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka): 9 September 1914

died Horseshoe Pass, Denbighshire, Wales: 13 November 1997

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