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Larson, Rich

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

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(1992-    ) Nigerian author, currently in Canada, who began to publish work of genre interest with "Every So Often" (dated 2011 for untraced release; in Datafall: Collected Speculative Fiction coll 2012 ebook); Tomorrow Factory: Collected Fiction (coll 2018) carefully assembles a further instalment of his numerous stories. He is now perhaps best known for The Violet Wars sequence beginning with Annex (2018), in which a high-tech Alien civilization effortlessly invades Earth (see Invasion), incapacitates its adult population through Virtual Reality implants for purposes not soon disclosed, leaving anyone sixteen or younger "free" to explore their Young-Adult destinies in the seemingly liberated City where most of the initial action occurs, during which young Violet (human) enters a relationship with Gloom (not human). A second volume, «Cypher», was announced for 2019 publication which was delayed or cancelled.

Ymir (2022) is a standalone fantasia on Beowulf (written circa 900), set in a Space Opera galaxy in the moderately distant future [for Beowulf and Twice-Told see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]; the protagonist, oddly named Yorick, is called back to his native planet Ymir to fight a deadly grendel. The action is grimly engaging, though connections with the original poem are slender, nor is it easy to relate Ymir the planet to a primordial Norse deity not mentioned in Beowulf. Some sources wrongly assign this novel to the Violet Wars series, apparently because it was issued with the announced ISBN of «Cypher» above.

Larson should not be confused with the Comics artist Rich Larson. [JC]

Richard William Larson

born Galmi, Niger: 1992



The Violet Wars

  • Annex (New York: Orbit, 2018) [Violet Wars: pb/Gregory Manchess]

individual titles

  • Ymir (New York: Orbit, 2022) [pb/]

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