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MacKay, Scott

Entry updated 26 October 2021. Tagged: Author.

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(1957-    ) Canadian author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Iserman's Override" in Tesseracts3 (anth 1990) edited by Candas Jane Dorsey and Gerry Truscott (1955-    ), and began publishing moderately ambitious sf adventures with Outpost (1998), set on an alien planet (see Colonization of Other Worlds) whose werewolf-like indigenous inhabitants haunt the human colonizers and offer some clue to the original First Contact centuries earlier, on Earth, between the two civilizations. Some of MacKay's novels evoke Hard SF premises, but loosely; in a tale like Tides (2005), for instance, obedience to the adventure palette typical of the Planetary Romance governs the romantic behaviour of tides under the influence of the two moons that dominate the planet in question, which is inhabited (in a pattern typical of MacKay's work) by two species, one human, one picturesque. MacKay's tendency to undermine the conceptual power of his thinking does not, however, conceal the potential sharpness of his future production. [JC]

Scott MacKay

born Toronto, Ontario: 1957

works

  • Outpost (New York: Tor, 1998) [hb/Patrick Fancy]
  • The Meek (New York: Penguin/Roc, 2001) [pb/Ray Lundgren]
  • Orbis (New York: Penguin/Roc, 2002) [pb/Ray Lundgren]
  • Omnifix (New York: Penguin/Roc, 2004) [pb/uncredited]
  • Tides (Amherst, New York: Prometheus Books/Pyr, 2005) [pb/Brian W Dow]
  • Phytosphere (New York: Penguin/Roc, 2007) [pb/uncredited]
  • Omega Sol (New York: Penguin/Roc, 2008) [pb/uncredited]

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