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Mackelworth, R W

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(1930-2000) UK author and insurance salesman who began publishing sf with "The Statue" for New Worlds in January 1963 and produced some above-average sf adventure novels, usually involving complex but rarely jumbled plotting, and an Earth somehow in danger. They include Firemantle (1968; vt The Diabols 1969), Tiltangle (1970), in which melodramatic Climate Change has confined humanity to a single Keep, Starflight 3000 (1972) – which involves some interesting Terraforming of both the Moon and subsequently, via Generation Starship, of other planets – The Year of the Painted World (1975), in which Earth is invaded by Martians (see Invasion; Mars), and Shakehole (1981), a Dystopian vision of a Near-Future UK. [JC]

Ronald Walter Mackelworth

born London: 7 April 1930

died Farnham, Surrey: 15 January 2000

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