Entry updated 22 December 2020. Tagged: Author.
(? - ) Australian author, whose reclusiveness has led to unconfirmed speculations that Torsten Krol is a pseudonym. His first novel, The Dolphin People (2006) skirts the fantastic in its depiction of the extreme behaviour of a German family (including at least one war criminal) whose plane has crashed in the Amazonian jungle just after World War Two, and who must convince the tribe that discovers them that they are in fact descended from dolphins. Callisto (2007) is a Satire on modern America narrated by a Fool with some resemblance to Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn. Of direct sf interest is The Secret Book of Sacred Things (2012), couched in Young Adult form as the diary of an adolescent girl who records her life in the Ruined Earth, a century or so after the wrecking of civilization by a worldwide Disaster caused by the impact of a great meteor known as the Great Stone. Her life in a matriarchal Utopia in a hidden valley is severely threatened when a further astronomical disaster (resulting from the also-impacted Moon's increasing deviation from its old orbit) seems likely. [JC]
- The Dolphin People (Sydney, New South Wales: Pan Macmillan/Picador, 2006) [hb/]
- Callisto (Sydney, New South Wales: Pan Macmillan/Picador, 2007) [hb/]
- The Secret Book of Sacred Things (London: Atlantic Books/Corvus, 2012) [hb/Si Scott]
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