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Gawron, Jean Mark

Entry updated 29 October 2021. Tagged: Author.

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(1953-    ) French-born US academic and author, who researches in and teaches computational linguistics; his first sf novel, An Apology for Rain (1974), traces the travels of a woman in search of her brother through a surreal USA. It was followed by Algorithm (1978), in which complex Linguistic operations are used to structure the responses of a sidelined Earth to the greater galaxy, and the more conventionally framed Dream of Glass (1993), in which a young woman, incarcerated into a Cyberspace Prison where she is brain-washed by a Near Future tyranny, escapes with the help of rebels, and gains the attention of a galactic civilization, which may help out. Some exceedingly ambitious sf ideas have tended, in Gawron's work, to fall short of their full affect, through a prose style which can be inattentive to basics. [JC]

Jean Mark Gawron

born Paris: 5 October 1953

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