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Frazer, Shamus

Entry updated 11 August 2018. Tagged: Author.

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Working name of UK author James Ian Arbuthnot Frazer (1912-1966), whose first sf novel, Acorned Hog (1933), depicts a socialist Dystopia established in a Near Future Britain where the universities are closed and students sent back to the soil; by the end of the tale, however, a restored monarchy turns to a savage feudalism, with all industry peremptorily banned to America; the Satire is ruthless throughout. His second sf novel, A Shroud as Well as a Shirt (1935), describes from an anti-fascist point of view a succession of Near Future political conflicts which lead finally to a world war. Blow, Blow Your Trumpets (1945) is a comic satirical fantasy set in the time of Noah, and explains the necessity of the Flood; later supernatural fiction is assembled as Where Human Pathways End: Tales of the Dead and the un-Dead (coll 2001). [JC]

James Ian Arbuthnot Frazer

born Doncaster, South Yorkshire: 26 July 1912

died Tunbridge Wells, Sussex: 20 May 1966

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