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Engling, Richard

Entry updated 26 October 2021. Tagged: Author.

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(1952-    ) US playwright, actor and author whose Near-Future sf novel, Body Mortgage (1989), tells in a Cyberpunk idiom the tale of a Chicago private eye on the track of a body-parts scam – in this world, one's own body can serve as collateral for a mortgage – in the immediate run-up to the millennium. Engling's obvious competence would show more clearly, perhaps, in a more fully original setting. One of his plays, "Ghost Work" (performed 1987), is of supernatural interest for its depiction of a dead couple caught in a kind of huis clos tape-loop or Time Loop, where they are forced to re-enact their stupid, violent deaths. [JC]

see also: Medicine.

Richard David George Patrick Engling

born March 1952


  • Body Mortgage (New York: New American Library/Onyx, 1989) [pb/]


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