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Giles, Harry Josephine

Entry updated 27 October 2022. Tagged: Author.

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(1986-    ) UK actor and author, in Orkney from childhood; active from around 2008. They are of sf interest for Deep Wheel Orcadia (2021), a book-length narrative poem whose original text, composed in Orcadian, is accompanied by an English version by the author whose seeming paraphrastic excesses constitute a critique of the ability of English words to capture complex realities. The tale is set in the Near Future on a Space Habitat so distant from Earth, itself crippled by the unintended side-effects of late-culture capitalism, that Time Distortion gaps variously affect recent arrivals, one being from Mars. Their gaze is ultimately aimed outwards at the vastness (see Sense of Wonder) of the universe. Deep Wheel Orcadia won the 2022 Arthur C Clarke Award. [JC]

Harry Josephine Giles

born London: 1986

works (highly selected)

  • Deep Wheel Orcadia (London: Picador, 2021) [poem: bilingual text, English version trans by author: pb/]


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