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Litt, Toby

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

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(1968-    ) UK author, mostly of nonfantastic work, though some of the stories assembled in Adventures in Capitalism (coll 1996) apply metafictional estrangements (see Postmodernism and SF) to a world clearly porous to manipulation (see Media Landscape). Deadkidsongs (2001) similarly presses against thematic material – in this case an anticipated Russian Invasion – in a manner conspicuously close to allegory; and there are fantasy elements in Finding Myself (2003). Of direct sf interest is Journey into Space (2009), a Generation Starship tale remarkably obedient to the conventions of this subgenre, including rebellious adolescents and a paternalistic AI that, nominally in charge of the crew and/or passengers, does not understand Homo sapiens very well. Behind them, Earth is totally destroyed; in the meantime – in obedience to a turn of plot introduced by A E van Vogt in "Far Centaurus" (January 1944 Astounding) – Technology has created a faster ship, which will reach the destination planet decades before the Armenia. [JC]

Toby Litt

born Ampthill, Bedfordshire: 20 August 1968



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