Entry updated 29 October 2021. Tagged: Author.
(1933- ) New Zealand academic, advertising copywriter, hymn-writer and author whose second novel, The Pepper Leaf: An Episode (1971), is a Near-Future sf tale set in New Zealand. Fearful of nuclear catastrophe, a small group of vegetarian nudists expose themselves to survival conditions, an exercise soon made mandatory by a sudden rise in the sea level possibly caused by World War Three. The cruel interactions of a rump of this culture, now isolated on an Island, are described in a tense, allusive style, and provide a model for, or allegory of, the human condition in extremis. [JC]
Colin A Gibson
born Invercargill, New Zealand: 1933
- The Pepper Leaf: An Episode (London: Chatto and Windus, 1971) [hb/]
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