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King, Vincent

Entry updated 21 August 2021. Tagged: Author.

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Pseudonym of UK author, artist and teacher Rex Thomas Vinson (1935-2000) ("King" being a play on "Rex"), who worked in Cornwall and began publishing sf with "Defence Mechanism" for New Writings in SF No 9 (anth 1966) edited by E J Carnell. His first novel, Light a Last Candle (1969), perhaps overcomplicatedly portrays a world almost entirely conquered by a Hive Mind composed of intelligent molluscs from Underground, leaving only the poles inhabitable by humans. His later novels similarly tend to combine elements of epic and grotesque sf adventure with a characteristically English darkness of emotional colouring – the Computer-resurrected humans who inhabit Another End (1971) are stoical but sullen – and a tendency towards downbeat conclusions. [JC]

Rex Thomas Vinson

born Falmouth, Cornwall: 22 October 1935

died Camborne-Redruth, Cornwall: May 2000

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