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Fry, Stephen

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

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(1957-    ) UK actor and author, known for his versatility and wit, perhaps most widely famous for the role of Jeeves in the television series of P G Wodehouse's Jeeves and Wooster (1990-1993) and more recently as a popular pundit on the social network Twitter. Of his several novels, Making History (1996), a complex Time Travel tale whose outcome is an Alternate History, is sf; it received a Sidewise Award. An attempt to sterilize Hitler's parents before his conception backfires – though Hitler himself does not exist, World War Two ends all the same in a kind of Hitler Wins world, Dystopian and stifling. The plot – whose protagonist hopes to change history back again in order to get his love back, even though the new history of the world has no Holocaust (see Holocaust Fiction) – unpacks some clearly devastating implications. The Stars' Tennis Balls (2000; vt Revenge 2002) is an essentially nonfantastic recasting of Alexandre Dumas's The Count of Monte Cristo (1844-1845); some of the vengeful protagonist's manipulations of the Internet are perhaps speculative. [JC]

Stephen John Fry

born London: 24 August 1957

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