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Huchu, T L

Entry updated 4 December 2023. Tagged: Author.

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(1982-    ) Zimbabwean author, resident in Scotland from 2010 at the latest; his first novels, including The Hairdresser of Harare (2010), An Untimely Love (2010) and The Maestro, the Magistrate & the Mathematician (2014), all as by Tendai Huchu, are nonfantastic [they are not listed below]. He began publishing work of genre interest with "The Sale" in AfroSf: Science Fiction by African Writers (anth 2012) edited by Ivor W Hartmann, and came to some prominence for the Edinburgh Nights sequence beginning with The Library of the Dead (2021), all volumes as by T L Huchu, a sophisticated exercise in the mingling (see Equipoise) of various strands of story within the permissive frame of Fantastika as a whole. Juggling Alternate History and Near Future-Dystopia idioms, and couched in Young Adult terms, it is set in a Edinburgh devastated by some Disaster. A young investigator uses Magic to track down a missing child; joins a mystery Underground Library to deepen her resources; applies her lore in the battle against a new Pandemic. Her continuing education, which involves her in a conference of magicians on the Isle of Skye, may evoke comparisons with the Harry Potter fantasies by J K Rowling (1965-    ). The series is technically open-ended.

Huchu co-edited the Summer 2020 issue of Shoreline of Infinity. [JC]

Tendai L Huchu

born Bindura, Zimbabwe: 28 September 1982



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