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Hope, Christopher

Entry updated 29 October 2021. Tagged: Author.

(1944-    ) South African poet and author, active from around 1970; in UK and France from 1975. He is of sf interest primarily for his Satirical portrayals of South Africa, a land riven from his point of view by aspirations and betrayals. His first novel, the nonfantastic A Separate Development (1980), anatomizes the post-Apartheid world through the picaresque life of its troubled protagonist. His second novel, Kruger's Alp (1984), depicts a Near Future Dystopian South Africa, where aspirations have hardened into tyranny without significant gains for the complexly challenged land. A similar vision suffuses My Chocolate Redeemer (1989), with France conceived as a problematical alternative to the authoritarian ideal society ruling an African country, this time unnamed.

Several of the stories assembled in The Garden of Bad Dreams and Other Stories (coll 2008) fantasticate mundane settings; central to the collection are two sf tales: "Wall Story", set in a walled-in enclave (see Zone) in a travel-restricted Near Future urban world; and "The Day Out", where a Genetically Engineered elite finds it increasingly difficult to stave off the effects of Climate Change, Ecological degradation, and chronic Pandemics. [JC]

Christopher David Tully Hope

born Johannesburg, South Africa: 26 February 1944

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