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Harrison, Craig

Entry updated 26 October 2021. Tagged: Author.

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(1942-    ) UK-born playwright and author, in New Zealand from 1966, whose work embodies consistently anti-racist themes. The material initially expounded in the play Tomorrow Will Be a Lovely Day (performed 1974; 1975) is developed in Broken October: New Zealand, 1985 (1976), which depicts an authoritarian Dystopia, with Maoris able to travel only when issued with passes; the American government colludes with the New Zealand authorities to retain access to military rights. In The Quiet Earth (1981), filmed as The Quiet Earth (1985), a Genetic-Engineering disaster depopulates the planet. The insane protagonist realizes, in a moment of Conceptual Breakthrough that vindicates his Paranoia, that he has caused the Disaster. Days of Starlight (1988) pits scientists against the US military after a holographic recorder of Earth's history is discovered. Technically excellent, Harrison's work for adults is sometimes uninvolving. The Dumpster Saga (2007) is a spoofish tale for younger Young Adult readers, involving Precognition and the flying-saucer-like dumpster. [MMacL/JC]

Craig Harrison

born Leeds, West Yorkshire: 1942

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