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(1949- ) Canadian television interviewer and author, generally of Technothrillers, beginning with The Wave (1979) and continuing with titles like The Icarus Seal (1982) and Crestwood Heights (1988), the eponymous village under siege in the latter tale evoking Stephen King, Ira Levin's The Stepford Wives (1974), and even John Wyndham's The Midwich Cuckoos (1956). Egypt Green (1989) depicts a possibly Near Future world in which bright children are sequestered in Keeps until designer plagues have rid the planet of everyone who is stupid. White Lies (1990) features a mentally suspect Near-Future US President who puts out a contract on himself. Hyde's later novels have tended to moved back in time to the present or the near past. In all of his work, it might be said that the inducement of Paranoia tends to trump reasoned extrapolation, but sometimes to considerable effect.
Locksley: The Story of Robin Hood (1983) by Hyde and his brother Anthony Hyde, writing together as Nicholas Chase, does not treat the Matter of Robin Hood in fantastic terms. Hyde should not be confused with Christopher Hyde, author of Temple of the Winds (1965), a non-fantastic tale about the building of Stonehenge. [JC]
born Ottawa, Ontario: 26 May 1949
- The Wave (Garden City, New York: Doubleday and Company, 1979) [hb/]
- The Icarus Seal (Toronto, Ontario: McClelland and Stewart, 1982) [hb/]
- Styx (Chicago, Illinois: Playboy Press, 1982) [pb/]
- Jericho Falls (New York: Avon Books, 1988) [pb/]
- Crestwood Heights (New York: Avon Books, 1988) [pb/]
- Egypt Green (London: Simon and Schuster, 1989) [hb/Nick Spender]
- White Lies (London: Simon and Schuster, 1990) [hb/]
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