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Fearing, Kenneth

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(1902-1961) US poet and author, who supported himself in early years in part by writing softcore pornography as by Kirk Wolff, and whose early renown as a poet faded perceptibly even before his death; he is now known mainly for mysteries like The Big Clock (1946), a tale whose atmosphere adumbrates the film-noir tonality of later US fantasy. Fearing's only sf novel proper is Clark Gifford's Body (1942), which gravely and literately portrays a Near-Future US civil war, its thirty point-of-view narrators giving a Fixup multiplexity to the unfolding tragedy. Within its mystery frame, The Loneliest Girl in the World (1951), deploys some borderline sf elements. [JC]

Kenneth Flexner Fearing

born Oak Park, Illinois: 28 July 1902

died New York: 26 June 1961

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