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Lain, Douglas

Entry updated 11 April 2022. Tagged: Author, Editor.

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(1970-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Tone Deaf World or Why I Quit the Drag" in Next Phase for 1996. He has published three novels of sf interest. The portrait of Christopher Robin Milne (1920-1996), Moon in Billy Moon, is grippingly sympathetic as the troubled young man enters various Alternate Worlds, primarily associated with French protest movements in the 1960s and elsewhen; Mathematical conundrums dominate later parts of the tale. The Satirical implications of the arrival of bromidic Aliens (see UFOs) on the White House lawn govern the occasionally surreal turns of After the Saucers Landed (2015). The eponymous Videogame in Bash Bash Revolution (2018) governs the interactions between two players – a young man and his Computer-scientist father Jeff, who has been absentee most of his son's life – until a segue into the implications of the AI program Jeff has created, suggests that perhaps, in some sense, the AI has become its creator.

Lain's Anthologies [for titles see Checklist below] are well-selected and substantial. [JC]

Douglas Lain

born Memphis, Tennessee: 1970


collections and stories

works as editor


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